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Pregnancy checkups, screenings and scans

Antenatal care during your pregnancy

You receive antenatal care from your GP, midwife or obstetrician. You’ll be offered tests and scans and your health and your baby’s will be checked.

Routine antenatal tests

During pregnancy, you'll be offered various blood tests and ultrasound scans. Find out what each test can tell you about you and your baby's health.

Blood tests during pregnancy

Find out more about the blood tests you be offered during your pregnancy. what they test for and when you’ll be offered them.

Ultrasound scans during pregnancy

Ultrasound scans help monitor your baby's health throughout your pregnancy. Find out when and why you might have ultrasound scans during pregnancy.

Prenatal screening and testing

Prenatal testing is available to check the health of your baby. It is your choice if you decide to have these tests and you should discuss your option...

Rhesus D negative in pregnancy

Rhesus disease is an incompatibility between your and your baby’s blood types. Find out what it could mean for your baby and how it is treated.

Dating scan

If you are pregnant you can have a dating scan. During a dating ultrasound, a sonographer measures your baby to work out your estimated due date.

Morphology scan

You will be offered a morphology scan at week 18 to 22 of pregnancy. Learn what a morphology scan can tell you and how this ultrasound test is done.

Genetic counselling

Genetic counselling may be recommended for people who have a history of hereditary disorders. Find out if counselling can be helpful and what to expec...

Neural tube defects

Neural tube defect affects less than 1 in 1000 pregnancies. Learn about factors that increase your baby's risk, and what you can do to reduce risk.

Questions to ask your doctor about tests and scans

Questions to ask your doctor about the tests and scans you will be offered during your pregnancy.

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

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