Make an appointment with a healthcare provider to confirm your pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your healthcare provider will monitor you and the unborn child (foetus) during your entire pregnancy.
The healthcare provider will:
- Ask questions about you, your partner, your families, previous pregnancies and the date of your last menstrual period to find out more about your pregnancy.
- Check your weight, blood pressure and uterus.
- Carry out at least 3 ultrasound scans during your pregnancy:
- To determine the expected date of delivery.
- To see whether you are expecting one baby or more than one baby.
- To check the foetus’s heartbeat, weight, length and position in the uterus.
- To check whether the foetus has any defects.
- To check the amount of amniotic fluid and the position of the placenta.
- To know the baby’s sex.
- If necessary, they will perform a vaginal examination at the end of pregnancy.
- Inform you about tests you can have to check whether the baby has other diseases or disorders. The parents choose whether they want the tests or not.
There are some emergency situations. Go to a doctor if you:
- Fall on your belly.
- Feel a heavy pain in your belly.
- Have a persistent fever.
- Lose blood from your vagina.
- Lose a lot of weight.
- Lose fluid from your vagina.
- Have a lot of white vaginal discharge with a bad smell.
You can ask a midwife to guide you during pregnancy. You can discuss discomfort, breast-feeding and any questions you have related to your pregnancy and the delivery.
Partner violence is any form of violence between two 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 or miscarriage.
Often the baby will need more care after birth.
Ask your healthcare provider or midwife for help if you experience partner violence during pregnancy.