The purpose of antenatal care is to promote good physical and mental health throughout the pregnancy and to make sure that all is well with the mother and her baby.
It also aims to identify problems early and to treat them appropriately.
Pregnancy is one of the most important journeys that you will ever go on.
To help you understand as much as possible about your pregnancy, this section will take you through your pregnancy week by week, to the day of the birth of your baby and it will give you information on the things that you should do during the different stages of pregnancy.
The first antenatal (or booking) visit at the hospital can take a few hours as you will meet several healthcare workers.
The midwife and doctor will talk to you about your medical, surgical, obstetric and family history. You will have an ultrasound scan performed, as well as blood tests.
Having regular check-ups is important for you and your baby.
We provide diagnostic scans, blood and other screening tests to out rule possible abnormalities with your baby. The staff working in this area are highly specialised and will provide you with all the support and advice you may require.
The Rotunda provides a number of specialist clinics for pregnant women in order to provide the best care during pregnancy.
Consultants or specialist registrars with an interest in the specific pregnancy-related condition run these clinics.
They are supported by a midwife who has a wealth of knowledge to offer you during your pregnancy.
To ensure that women with special needs, such as reduced hearing, eyesight, movement or speaking skills, have an equal opportunity to benefit from maternity care, a variety of facilities are available
Sometimes, the changes in your body during pregnancy can create
discomfort or irritation.
Indeed, at times, you may feel extremely
uncomfortable and concerned for yourself and your baby.
trust your own judgement and don’t be afraid to contact your
midwife or doctor between appointments.
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