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Booking In Your Pregnancy

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You should be invited to book your pregnancy in with your local team of midwives between weeks 6-12 of pregnancy. Each county will have its own process, but these appointments all aim to achieve the same thing.

By booking in a pregnancy, you’re essentially putting yourself on the list of deliveries for your due date. Now, of course, babies don’t always arrive when they’re meant to- luckily midwives know this. By booking everyone in for their estimated due date, then if you deliver a week early, a woman due that day may deliver a week late; so the right number of staff should always be present to cope. However, as babies are born all year round, with only slight increases/decreases in numbers on certain months, the chances are the staffing levels will remain the same throughout the year.

The bigger significance of having your pregnancy booked in, is that you will be given appropriate antenatal care, including midwife appointments, ultrasound scans and for high-risk pregnancies; consultant appointments.

The midwife booking you in will ask lots of questions pertaining to all aspects of your lifestyle. It may feel a little invasive, but for her, knowledge is key to delivering your baby safely and providing you with the best care. You can normally take someone with you to this appointment but be aware; there are some questions that will mean the person accompanying you will be asked to leave the room.  The aim of these questions is to find out which pathway you will take during your pregnancy. Typical pathways are termed low-risk and high-risk.  Some women begin on a high-risk pathway (perhaps due to type 1 diabetes, obesity, even maternal age), others may have problems develop during pregnancy (for instance gestational diabetes, hyperemesis gravidarum or obstetric cholestasis) which means they move onto a high-risk pathway at a later date. Though most pregnancies begin and remain, low-risk.

Booking in lasts around 1.5 hours- even if this isn’t your first baby, so take a drink and a snack, especially if you, like lots of women, are suffering from first-trimester nausea.

Ultimately, your midwife is there to support you- so please don’t be afraid or embarrassed by your answers. If you have had an abortion, tell her so; if you smoke, drink, or use recreational drugs, tell her so- she will do her very best to help you. She really will have seen it all before.

Good luck with your appointment!