Ideally, your booking appointment should take place by 10 weeks of pregnancy, so there's plenty of time to arrange any first-trimester screening tests.However, most women have their appointment at some point between eight weeks and 12 weeks.After that, you can opt to have all your antenatal appointments with the community midwives, or shared with your GP.
However, if the pregnancy is in its earliest stage, or in case there is a concern over possible ectopic pregnancy, a trans-vaginal scan might be necessary in order to provide the best results.Your blood will be sent off to the local lab to check: Screening tests Your midwife may also ask if you want a blood sample taken to be screened for your baby's risk of Down's syndrome and spina bifida. But this week I have been full of cold and had a horrible cough.However, the types of screening tests on offer, and when and where they are done may vary according to where you live. Like everyone has said the first 12 weeks you don't get any support.Your midwife or GP won't book your booking appointment before eight weeks, because, sadly, the chance of miscarriage is highest before this time.As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, call your doctor's surgery, or get in touch with your local maternity unit or midwifery clinic.
This appointment books you in for maternity care provided by your local health trust or hospital.