Your first appointment with a midwife or doctor will probably happen before you are 10 weeks pregnant. It is known as your booking appointment because it is when the schedule for future antenatal appointments, screening, and ultrasound scans is set. Your midwife or obstetrician will help you to understand what to expect from your antenatal care during this first appointment, although the plans could change if your circumstances do.
If this is your first pregnancy, you should expect to see your midwife or private obstetrician in London for ten antenatal appointments. After your initial booking appointment, you will probably need appointments at 16, 25, 28, 31, 34, 36, 38, 40 weeks, and 41 weeks if your baby is not born yet.
If you have had a baby before, then you might not need to see your doctor or midwife so often. As long as your previous pregnancies were straightforward, you might only need seven antenatal appointments, in addition to your ultrasound scans. You will probably skip the appointments at 25, 31, and 40 weeks. However, you can book more appointments with your midwife or private obstetrician in London if you want to see them more often.
If there are any complications, such as a multiple pregnancy or high blood pressure, then your antenatal carer may need to see you more often. You might also need more frequent appointments with your private obstetrician in London if you have experienced complications during any previous pregnancies.
In addition to these routine antenatal visits, you will also need to attend appointments for at least two ultrasound scans. These will usually take place at about 11-13 and 18-20 weeks. Your midwife or obstetrician might also recommend that you come in for additional screening tests if necessary. You should also feel free to make extra appointments if you have any concerns or if seeing your doctor more often would make you feel more comfortable. There is no need to wait until your next scheduled important if you need advice.