Pregnancy Care & Antenatal Appointments at Create Health
The Create Health team look forward to welcoming you, getting to know you, caring for you during your pregnancy and being there at your baby’s birth.
Women usually have their first antenatal appointment with us between eight to nine weeks. Your first appointment is a very exciting time and is usually a longer visit as we have a lot to talk about. In an uncomplicated pregnancy and after your initial appointment you will usually see your obstetrician every four weeks until 28 weeks, then every two weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until birth. In twin, multiple or complicated pregnancies, visits are determined by medical necessity.
At Create Health, we offer a range of wholistic services to complement your specialist obstetrician's care. These include midwifery, physiotherapy and dietetics.
Our specialist midwife Michelle may see women throughout their pregnancy. These visits are usually in trimester two and three. She will carry out routine check-ups, discuss antenatal care, addressing common pregnancy concerns, diet and exercise and answer any questions. As a childbirth educator, Michelle has a wealth of experience. She will also discuss your birthing plans and any specific needs or requests you and your partner may have.
Our physiotherapist Rachel and dietitian Janet, have experience and expertise in supporting women leading into pregnancy and during their antenatal and postnatal journey. Both Janet and Rachel are available for appointments throughout your pregnancy. Routine visits are usually scheduled in the first trimester to optimise your physical wellbeing and your approach to self-care during pregnancy.
In the first trimester you may have the following tests:
- Early pregnancy dating ultrasound
- Full blood count
- Blood group and antibody screen
- Viral screen for Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis B&C, HIV, CMV, and Parvovirus
- Syphilis screen
- Vitamin D level
- Mid-stream urine for infection
- Screening for fetal chromosomal abnormalities (this may involve NIPT or combined screening)
- At the end of the first trimester an ultrasound is performed for fetal anatomy
In the second trimester, another ultrasound is performed at 20 weeks for fetal anatomy screening and placental site assessment.
In the third trimester, at 28 weeks, there will be further blood tests including a glucose tolerance test (GTT) to diagnose gestational diabetes. You may also have a further growth scan.