11 Weeks Pregnant – Mother’s Progress

Around 10 or 11 weeks pregnant you could have your ‘booking appointment’ with your midwife. The word ‘midwife’ is derived from the anglo-saxon word “mit wif”, meaning “with woman”. The role of the midwife is to respect the woman’s ability to give birth and only to provide assistance, advice and intervention (when required). During this booking appointment, the midwife will take the opportunity to ask you about your medical history, your family’s medical history and also that of your partner and his family. It is best practise to also know of any previous pregnancies you may have had, including those that did not reach full term.

11 Weeks Pregnancy

A personal plan will be drawn up for you which will include information on diet and exercise, any special plan or care you may require, a schedule of future appointments, blood tests, scans and also specifics about any antenatal classes that are available in your area. If you are vegetarian, vegan or allergic to dairy products, you can have a dietician devise a carefully constructed diet plan for you to ensure that you baby is receiving the correct amount of nutrients throughout development. You will be given literature such as booklets, information leaflets and important contact numbers. During this time you will also undergo some routine checks such as urine, weight, height and blood pressure.

There may be some instances where a woman may require, for medical reasons, extra tests or scans throughout the course of her pregnancy and this will give you the opportunity to discuss this further with your midwife. As mentioned previously there are two types of tests that you may have: Diagnostic and Screening Tests. A diagnostic test would usually be a follow on from a normal screening test to investigate further the possibility of any potential problems. These types of tests are simply a matter of personal choice.

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