Your First Appointment
The first appointment in pregnancy is probably the most important in the whole pregnancy.
It takes place between 9 and 10 weeks (that is 9 to 10 weeks after the first day of your last period), and it is the basis for everything that will follow in the pregnancy. Chris will take a thorough history, perform a general medical examination, and do an ultrasound. The examination is a general one, and involves checking your blood pressure and listening to your heart and lungs. An internal examination is almost never required.
An ultrasound is really important at the first appointment, and Chris will do the ultrasound himself in his consulting room. It confirms that the pregnancy is growing well, the due date for the pregnancy, and whether there are twins. At 9 weeks, the ultrasound can be done through your abdomen about 95% of the time, making an internal ultrasound unnecessary. Seeing your baby on the screen for the first time is incredibly exciting, and something you’ll never forget.
Chris will then arrange all the blood tests and ultrasounds needed, and talk about Down syndrome screening.
It is the longest appointment for the pregnancy, taking about 45 minutes. There is always plenty of time to ask questions.
Subsequent appointments with Chris take place at 13, 18, 23, 28, 31, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, and 40 weeks. These are standard appointments, and others will be arranged if the need arises.