From 13-28 weeks of pregnancy, your appointments are likely to be every four weeks. At these appointments, your doctor, obstetrician or midwife will:
- ask you about your general health
- check your blood pressure
- possibly, check your weight and urine
- talk about blood test results, and offer you other tests if you need them
- ask you about your baby’s movements
- check your baby’s growth and listen to baby’s heart
- talk about screening test results and/or a 20-week ultrasound scan, as well as further tests or checks if you need them
- talk about whether you might need a blood sugar test for gestational diabetes.
- answer any questions or worries – for example, you might like to ask about vaginal and caesarean birth.
Antenatal appointments are your chance to talk about your health, lifestyle and wellbeing, both physical and emotional. If you’re worried about becoming a parent or having problems in your relationship, including family violence, it’s a good idea for you to talk about this too. In fact, most antenatal services routinely ask women about domestic violence during pregnancy, to give them the chance to talk about it and to let them know that there is extra support and care available. Your health professional can let you know where to get support if you need it.
From 13-28 weeks of pregnancy, your appointments are likely to be with a midwife or doctor at the hospital or in the community. If you’re in shared care, some of your appointments will be with your GP or a midwife. Your health professional might give you information about antenatal classes – what they are, where you can do them and why they’re good.
From 13-28 weeks of pregnancy, your appointments are likely to be with your obstetrician at the obstetrician’s consulting rooms. Your obstetrician or the midwife who works with the obstetrician might give you information about antenatal classes – what they are, where you can do them and why they’re good.
From 13-28 weeks of pregnancy, your appointments are likely to be with a midwife at the birth centre. Your midwife will give you information about antenatal classes – what they are, where you can do them and why they’re good. You can usually do antenatal classes or join an antenatal group at your birth centre.
Your pregnancy appointments from 13-28 weeks will be with a midwife in your home, hospital or in the community. Your midwife will talk with you about pregnancy, birth and parenting, and options for antenatal classes if you want to do them.
Interpreters and multicultural health workers
If you speak a language other than English at home or you’re not confident speaking English, ask for an interpreter. If one isn’t available in person, ask whether you can have a phone interpreter. There is no cost for using an interpreter. You might also be able to get help from a multicultural health worker to do things like book or check your appointments, help fill out forms and help with transport to your appointments. Ask if there is a multicultural health worker available.