Page last reviewed: 2 September 2019 position. Your return visits during the pregnancy will be shorter than the first visit and, although you may find some of the visits a chore, it is very important to attend them. The recommended schedule isn't set in stone. 28–36. What should happen. This page lists the appointments you'll be offered and when you should have them. You'll have an appointment at 25 weeks if this is your first baby. This is so you and your partner can find out about all your options and make an informed decision if your baby has a chance of inheriting these conditions. Your doctor will decide how often to see you based on your individual health picture. Your midwife or doctor should give you information about: Your midwife or doctor will discuss the options and choices about what happens if your pregnancy lasts longer than 41 weeks. When you're expecting, you'll welcome a new routine into your life: regular prenatal visits. You should receive verbal information supported by written information and antenatal classes. But if for any reason you miss the vaccine, you can still have it up until you go into labour. They'll check the health of you and your baby, give you useful information (for example, about a healthy pregnancy diet or antenatal screening) and answer any questions. Appendix D: Antenatal appointments (schedule and content) [2008] The schedule below, which has been determined by the purpose of each appointment, presents the recommended number of antenatal care appointments for women who are healthy and whose pregnancies remain uncomplicated in the antenatal period: 10 appointments for nulliparous women and 7 for parous women. You'll have an appointment at 31 weeks if this is your first baby. If you have any of these risk factors, your doctor may increase the number of your prenatal visits: Seeing your doctor for regular prenatal care can help put your mind at ease. You'll have a number of antenatal appointments during your pregnancy, and you'll see a midwife or sometimes an obstetrician (doctor specialising in pregnancy). Hospitals and clinics are making sure it's safe for pregnant women to go to appointments. Your doctor will also monitor your health and your baby's health, provide nutrition and activity guidelines, explain what to expect during labor and delivery, and offer tips on how to care and feed your new baby. All rights reserved. Genetic services • Offer genetic counselling to all women with risk factors. We shall now discuss your week-wise prenatal appointment schedule or prenatal care schedule. Some tests, such as screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia, should be done before you're 10 weeks pregnant. It's important you tell your midwife or doctor if this has happened to you. With the new guidelines WHO hopes to increase maternal and fetal assessments to detect problems, and improve the likelihood of positive pregnancy outcomes. At each antenatal visit you will have your blood pressure and urine checked. Your 8 to 12 Week Visit. It's important to tell your midwife or doctor if: It's best to see your midwife or doctor as early as possible to get the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor will want to see you more often if you had any health problems before you became pregnant or if problems develop during your pregnancy. Screening for sickle cell disease and thalassaemia should be offered before 10 weeks. If you're pregnant with your first baby, you'll have more appointments than women who already have children. See KEMH Clinical Guideline: O&G: Referrals: Genetic Services Referral to Psychological assessment • Perform Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale (EPDS) assessment at the booking visit.