Before your baby is due (Antenatal)

Every woman is entitled to antenatal care. You will be offered a range of appointments and tests. If you have a complicated pregnancy you may need more appointments or tests than those shown on these pages.

This pathway shows useful information for some keys points through your pregnancy. Click on each of the numbered sections to find out more.

Seven to ten appointments with your midwife, GP or obstetrician (a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth).

Your midwife will enquire about your health and mood at every visit to identify any problems early.

Routine Blood Tests to identify your blood group and check for various illnesses or genetic blood disorders which includes: HIV, Syphilis,Hepatitis B, Anaemia (Low Iron), Sickle Cell, Thalassaemia.

There are some foods you should avoid when pregnant, to find out more, visit: Always check with your GP, Pharmacist or Midwife before you take any medicine.

Ultrasound scan (when you are 8 to 14 weeks pregnant) to confirm your expected due date. The scan can be combined with blood tests to screen for genetic conditions including Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau's syndrome (also known as T21, T18 and T13). For more information about Down Syndrome, visit the Positive About Down Syndrome website:

Ultrasound screening anomaly scan (18+0 to 20+6 weeks) to check for possible physical problems with your baby and to check your baby's growth. This is also the scan when your baby's sex may be determined. Ask your midwife for a MAT B1 certificate - this confirms your pregnancy for your employer.

Flu vaccination. This is given during flu season, as soon as possible after the vaccine becomes available (usually September), but may be given up until the end of March depending on availability.

Parent Education. Antenatal classes are offered to parents with information that will help you prepare for birth and parenthood.

Whooping cough vaccine. This is usually given between 16 and 38 weeks.

The opportunity to meet your Health Visitor before you have your baby.