Consultations: what to expect
Your first consultation will usually occur between eight and 10 weeks. After that, Evelyn will arrange to see you every four weeks until around week 28. At this point, you’ll come every fortnight and in the final four-week stretch, weekly. Should there be any issues at any point, Evelyn will increase the frequency of your appointments, and if necessary, arrange for you to be admitted to hospital.
As you approach your third trimester, Evelyn will help you prepare for birth. She’ll talk you through what happens during labour, help you formulate a birth plan and talk to you about your preferences for pain relief. She’ll also discuss what may happen in the event of an emergency. Evelyn’s goal is to give you everything you need to make it a positive and stress-free experience.
Every time you come, Evelyn will use a high-resolution 3D/4D ultrasound to scan your pregnancy. Beyond its value as a diagnostic tool, the scan is a marvellous chance to see your baby grow and develop inside the womb.
Evelyn will also conduct and manage every aspect of your pregnancy health, which includes a range of tests designed to identify any potential problems. Below is a handy checklist of which test happens when.
Full Blood Count to check for anaemia
VDRL (test for syphilis)
Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV
Blood Group and Antibody Status
Optional Down’s Syndrome Testing, either via Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing or Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound screening
Detailed Morphology Ultrasound to detect possible structural abnormalities
Repeat full blood count, iron studies and diabetes blood test
Vaginal swab screening for Group B Streptococcal Carriage