The doctor or gynaecologist will:
- Ask questions about you, your partner, your families, previous pregnancies and the date of your last menstrual period to find out more about your pregnancy.
- Check your weight, blood pressure and uterus;
- Carry out at least 3 ultrasound scans during your pregnancy:
- to determine the expected date of delivery;
- to see whether you are expecting one baby or more than one baby;
- to check the foetus’s heartbeat, weight, length and position in the uterus;
- to check whether the foetus has any defects;
- to check the amount of amniotic fluid and the position of the placenta;
- to know the baby’s sex.
- If necessary, perform a vaginal examination at the end of pregnancy;
- Inform you about tests you can have to check whether the baby has other diseases or disorders. The parents choose whether they want the tests or not.
There are some emergency situations. Go to a doctor if you:
Partner violence during pregnancy
Partner violence during pregnancy can cause health problems to both mother and foetus. The problems can be physical or psychological. For instance: stress, bleeding, high blood pressure, premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage.
Ask a counsellor at a CAW or your family doctor for help if you experience partner violence during pregnancy.