No two pregnancies are the same, but all pregnancies have a foundation of recommended tests and visits, aimed to ensure all is healthy and to detect and treat complications such as diabetes or high blood pressure or a small baby early.
What can you expect in a ‘routine’ pregnancy? On average 8-10 visits with your pregnancy caregiver, starting late in the first trimester. You will also have, on average, have 2-3 blood tests, 1-2 ultrasounds, and a swab test. If you go overdue, you will also have monitoring to ensure the pregnancy remains healthy.
Key visits occur at 12-14 weeks, ‘booking in’ where a full history of your health and pregnancy is taken and all results compiled, 21-22 weeks after your anatomy scan and 28 weeks after your 26-week diabetes test. Other visits occur and as the card above shows, they are more common at the end of the pregnancy because complications such as high blood pressure and a small baby also become more common.