Pregnancy follow up and birth

This is the care you receive while you’re pregnant to make sure you and your baby are as well as possible.

The midwife or doctor providing your antenatal care will:

  • check the health of you and your baby
  • give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy, including advice about healthy eating and exercise
  • discuss your options and choices for your care during pregnancy, labor, and birth
  • answer any questions you may have
  • 2 pregnancy ultrasound scans at 8 to 14 weeks and 18 to 21 weeks
  • antenatal screening tests to find out the chance of your baby having certain conditions, such as Down’s syndrome
  • blood tests to check for syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B
  • screening for sickle cell and thalassemia