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This disorder is more likely to affect you if you are of African or African-Caribbean descent Blood tests Your midwife will take at least a couple of test tubes of blood for analysis.
If you're squeamish, take someone with you for support. National Service Framework for Children, Young People & Maternity Services. [pdf file, accessed July 2011] Hey I'm Nat first pregnancy too really excited and a little scared I booked my apointment when I was 5 weeks and they put it in for tomorrow (I will be 6 weeks and 4 days) just can't wait for 12 Weeks and first scan so I can see my baby is OK I'm 11 4 I have my first midwife appointment today.
Urine check If you haven't been asked to bring along a urine sample, your midwife will give you a container to pee into. This is my first pregnancy and I have no idea what I'm doing and if doing everything right.
She'll dip in a chemical strip that changes colour according to whether you have any protein in your urine. For first time mums there needs to me more support.
Your booking appointment is your first official antenatal appointment.
It provides your midwife with valuable background information about you.
However, you may have another booking appointment as a result. It may help to jot down in advance anything you want to know.
Ultrasound scan If your midwife is based at the local hospital, your booking appointment may be combined with a dating scan.
Your midwife or GP won't book your booking appointment before eight weeks, because, sadly, the chance of miscarriage is highest before this time.
As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, call your doctor's surgery, or get in touch with your local maternity unit or midwifery clinic.
The scan is available to all women, and particularly recommended where there has been pain, bleeding or history of complications in previous pregnancies.
It is not normally available on NHS which is an added reason why our team at the Clinic strives to offer the best care and reassurance to our patients during this initial stage of their pregnancy.
After that, you can opt to have all your antenatal appointments with the community midwives, or shared with your GP.