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As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should contact an NHS professional as soon as possible, so that your antenatal (pregnancy) care can begin.

The NHS website provides lots of information on the care you may receive while you are pregnant, which can be found here.

Your first appointment with your midwife is often known as the ‘booking appointment’, which should usually happen before you are 10 weeks pregnant.

Here your midwife will ask you many questions about your health, the health of your family, and your preferences in order to give you the best pregnancy care.

Your midwife will offer you a number of tests and scans throughout your pregnancy. You can find out more here. The results of these tests may affect your choices later in pregnancy so it’s important not to miss them.

The NHS website has a schedule of antenatal appointments which explain what will happen when.

You can find out more about the booking appointment and the kind of questions you may be asked here.

Antenatal care is the care you get from health professionals during your pregnancy. It’s sometimes called pregnancy care or maternity care. You’ll be offered appointments with a midwife, or sometimes a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).

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

Your midwife will carry out some checks and tests, some of which will be done periodically throughout your pregnancy, such as urine tests and blood pressure checks. The results may affect your choices later in pregnancy, so it’s important not to miss them.

Antenatal care may be provided at either Gloucestershire Royal or Cheltenham General Hospitals, at your GP surgery, at a Children’s Centre or at your home.

Find out more via the NHS website here.

While you’re pregnant, you’ll normally see a small number of healthcare professionals, led by your midwife or doctor. This may also include a paediatrician, neonatal nurse, physiotherapist or health visitor, amongst others.

They want to make you feel as comfortable as possible while you’re pregnant and when you have your baby.

Many pregnant women would like to get to know the people caring for them during pregnancy and the birth of their baby.

You can find out more about the various clinicians and their roles on the NHS website here.

At your first appointment, you will be given your maternity notes.

You must keep these notes with you during your pregnancy so that all the professionals involved in your care can write in them during any consultations. It is important that you bring your notes along to any appointments that you have.

Once you’ve had your baby, your community midwife will return your notes to the hospital to be filed.

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