From the moment you choose to partner with us on this incredible journey until 6 weeks after you have delivered, Dr Bailey and his obstetric team will be with you all the way. For low risk women, routine antenatal visits generally occur every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until delivery.
Your first antenatal visit is usually around 7-8 weeks. You will spend quite a bit of time with the midwife at this visit, so you will need to come a little early to ensure we have all “the paperwork” and that it is completely entered into our electronic medical record before you meet Dr. Bailey. That way everyone can relax and enjoy the new experience rather than trying to track down records. Dr. Bailey will review and discuss all available results with you and your partner. We will usually try to “see” your baby on Ultrasound during this visit.
You will have the opportunity to have your baby screened for Downs Syndrome (among other conditions, if you wish) in the first trimester. This test is by no means mandatory, but rather a woman’s choice as to whether she wishes to screen or not to screen. The 20-week scan (or the “Morphology scan” as we like to call it) is another important screen for your baby. This time we are looking at all the major organs, bub’s size, amount of fluid, umbilical cord and placenta.
As you enter, your third trimester, there are usually a few blood tests to consider. One of the most significant is the sugar test for Gestational Diabetes. By testing at this time, we can decrease the chances of both you and your baby developing diabetes later in life. We also start to watch your blood count and iron levels more closely as we try to keep you in the normal range before delivery. This is also the time when you may wish to consider attending Prenatal Classes.
At 36 weeks, the conversation shifts to talking more about your labour and birth which includes screening for Group B Streptococcus. If it’s your first pregnancy, most women find this time both exciting and a little scary. We are certainly very familiar with the apprehension and anxiety that this part of your pregnancy sometimes brings and we are keen to provide support.
We haven’t forgotten about our dads-to-be either, you can sign up to SMS4Dads to receive tips that will help connect you with your baby, help you be a support for your partner and remind you to take care of yourself.
In your third trimester you will also need to start packing your hospital bag, please read our article on the essential items you’ll need to pack.
If you would like to drop in for a chat before you commit to our practice, please do so. Just give our receptionists a call to make the arrangements. We’d love to meet you.
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