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Pregnancy monitoring

Pregnancy monitoring

The monitoring of pregnancy consists of a series of antenatal visits during pregnancy, during which your health, the baby’s health and development are evaluated, you are offered valuable information and your questions are answered.

In Greece, some of these visits need an obstetrician/specialist sonographer and the rest of them is done by your midwife.

 

Typical antenatal visits in low-risk pregnancies

WHEN?

WITH WHOM;

WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT

6th-10th week

Obstetrician

Midwife

Ultrasound to confirm pregnancy

Counselling:

  • Folic acid supplement
  • Food hygiene
  • Smoking or alcohol
  • Diet and exercise
  • History taking (personal, family, gynaecological, obstetric)

Clinical examination: weight, blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), urine test strip, blood test

Planning the next visits

11+5 - 13+6 week

Obstetrician

Nuchal translucency (NT) ultrasound

16th week

Midwife

Reassessment, discussion, results of the previous checks

Urine test strip

Iron supplement, if needed

Informing about Anti-D (confirm Rh-)

20th - 24th week

Obstetrician

Level 2 ultrasound

25th week

Midwife

Blood pressure

Urine test strip

Fetal heart rate (FHR) check

Symphysis-fundal height (SFH) measurement

28th week

Midwife

Blood test

Anti-D prophylaxis (if needed)

Blood pressure

Urine test strip

FHR check

SFH measurement

31st week

Midwife

Reassessment, discussion, results of the previous checks

Confirm attendance or registration in antenatal classes

Blood pressure

Urine test strip

FHR check

SFH measurement

32th week

Obstetrician

Doppler ultrasound

34th week

Midwife

Discussion and making a birth plan

Blood pressure

Urine test strip

FHR check

SFH measurement

36th week

Midwife

Birth plan (place of birth, pain relief, breastfeeding, vitamin K, etc.)

FHR check

SFH measurement

Fetal position check

Blood pressure

Urine test strip

38th week

Midwife

Information about the probability of prolonged pregnancy

FHR check

SFH measurement

Blood pressure

Urine test strip

40th week

Midwife

Making sure information that has been given previously is understood

Suggest natural ways that help labour start

FHR check

SFH measurement

Blood pressure

Urine test strip

41th week

Midwife

Suggest natural ways that help labour start

Consider cervix massage

FHR check

SFH measurement

Blood pressure

Urine test strip

Making a plan in case labour does not start spontaneously within that week

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