You think you are pregnant – what happens next

The team at Princess Anne Maternity Unit aims to provide you with individual, woman-centred care, and to support you and your family to have as normal a pregnancy and birth experience as possible

During your pregnancy you will be offered regular appointments with a midwife or obstetrician. They check that you and your baby are well, give you support and information about your pregnancy to help you make informed choices.

Now you are pregnant, you can book directly with your midwife at your GPs or at your local children’s centre.

Here you will be able to find out about available maternity services and discuss your early pregnancy care. You can choose and book the hospital where you would like your baby to be born and you will be asked for information useful to your pregnancy care and the birth.

Please feel free to ask at any time about anything you are unsure about or which is worrying you.

First Contact

The midwife will see you in a clinic or children’s centre and discuss your medical history and any previous pregnancies. She will advise you on the pathway for your current pregnancy, and assist in arranging and booking your scan. She will discuss blood tests and antenatal screening options.

At 11-14 weeks

You’ll attend hospital for a dating ultrasound scan to check your baby’s progress and to discuss your care plan for the birth, as well as any screening test you may need. Remember, although your pattern of care is within a particular framework it is still made individual to you.

If you’re a first-time mum you will be given a special pregnancy book to record this important time and other relevant information.

At 16-18 weeks

You’ll go along to a routine antenatal session with your midwife. At all these sessions the midwife will check your blood pressure, urine and general wellbeing.

Maternity ante-natal scan

At 18-22 weeks

You’ll attend the hospital for an anomaly scan this allows us to check on the well-being of your developing baby.

At 24-26 weeks

You may be seen again at the antenatal clinic by the midwife. The progress of your baby and your health will again be assessed, your scan discussed and issues like smoking in pregnancy also discussed if this is relevant.

At 28 weeks

You see your midwife again at the clinic for a check on the iron levels in your blood which are very important during pregnancy. Again, as in all your sessions, your wellbeing and that of your baby will be assessed and recorded.

At 31 weeks

By the time of your next visit to the midwife in the antenatal clinic at 31 weeks, you may be attending antenatal classes/ parent education.

At 34 weeks

Your midwife will assess you and your baby and discuss practical after-birth matters like safe sleeping for your baby.

At 36, 38 and 40 weeks

Your appointments at 36, 38 and 40 weeks will follow a similar pattern, offering information, help and support to ensure you have the best possible birth experience.

At 41 weeks

As you have now gone over your due date you will see your midwife and now discuss having an induction.


More information on pregnancy can be found on the NHS Choices website:

NHS Choices – Your pregnancy and baby guide