If you are pregnant, you can make an appointment with a midwife or gynaecologist in your area. The midwife will confirm the pregnancy with an ultrasound.
The midwife or gynaecologist will monitor you and the foetus during your entire pregnancy.
At the first check-up, the midwife or gynaecologist will:
- Ask questions about you, your partner, your family, previous pregnancies and the date of your last menstrual period to find out more about your pregnancy.
- Sometimes will make an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy;
- Check your weight and blood pressure;
- Inform you about extra tests you can have to check whether the baby has chromosomal abnormality or other physical abnormalities chromosomal abnormality or other physical abnormalities.The parents choose whether they want these tests or not.
During later check-ups, the midwife or gynaecologist will:
- Ask how you are doing and answer questions if you have any
- Check your weight and blood pressure
- Check the growth of the baby and listen to its heartbeat
- Provide information about the pregnancy and delivery
In the last months of pregnancy, the position of your child in the womb will be checked.
Contact your midwife or gynaecologist
There situations in which you need to contact your midwife or gynaecologist (immediately), namely if:
- you fall on your belly;
- you feel a heavy pain in your belly;
- you have a persistent fever;
- you lose blood through your vagina;
- you lose a lot of weight;
- you lose amniotic fluid;
- have a lot of vaginal discharge with a bad smell;
- you cannot clearly feel the baby moving after 26 weeks;
- you have regular contractions.
Partner violence during pregnancy
Partner violence is any form of violence between 2 people in a relationship. Partner violence is forbidden by law.
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 your midwife, gynaecologist or general practitioner for help if you experience partner violence during pregnancy.
In an emergency, call 112.