Your first midwife appointment

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Trying to work out who to get in touch with when you first find out you’re pregnant can be really confusing. So here are the basics.

Initially, when you first find out you’re pregnant, you can call your GP or local hospital and they’ll help you organise your next steps.

First up, it’s your booking appointment. Your booking appointment is the first meeting you’ll have with your midwife and should happen before the ten-week mark. The purpose of this visit is to discuss some basic health markers, such as your weight and blood pressure, as well as more general questions about your circumstances, such as your housing arrangements or support system.

The booking appointment is also an opportunity for you to ask any burning questions you may have and to put your mind at ease right at the beginning of your pregnancy. You might want to know more about future appointments, antenatal classes that are available to you, or even your birth options. No question is a bad question, and it’s a good idea to jot down the things you want to ask so you don’t forget anything. You’ll be given your pregnancy notes in this appointment for the first time, which accompany you to every appointment and will give you a clear schedule showing you where you need to be and when.

You might also have something that you’d like support with, such as any mental health difficulties or a relationship that you don’t feel safe in. Please speak to your midwife about anything that’s worrying you, as your midwife will do everything they can to help you.

Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll have 11 appointments (if you’re based in the UK and it’s your first pregnancy) or eight to nine appointments (if it’s your second pregnancy). These will be split between your GP and your midwife.