july 2023

Your Complete Guide to Antenatal Care from an Expert Midwife

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about antenatal care, including what to expect from your ANC appointments.

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Your pregnancy right up to the onset of labour is called the antenatal period (before birth). It is an important time which focuses on the health and wellbeing of both yourself and your baby, as well as planning for labour, birth, and the transition to parenthood.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about antenatal care, including what to expect from your ANC appointments.

What is antenatal care?

A pregnant woman and her partner holding her pregnant tummy.

Antenatal care is an umbrella term for every contact you have with a healthcare professional, from confirming your pregnancy through to established labour. That could be routine care with a healthcare professional or unscheduled appointments to discuss any concerns about your pregnancy as they arise, including but not limited to:

  • Antenatal appointments with a community midwife
  • Ultrasound scans