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Weight check
Women are weighed when they are first booked in. Weight can be tracked and monitored throughout the pregnancy. If they gain more weight than expected then this could be a sign of pre-eclampsia so if they know then this means it can be treated.
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Blood tests
They are to check for possible problems such as anemia, high blood sugar, blood group, German measles (rubella), hepatitis B and C and HIV
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Blood pressure
A baseline blood pressure is taken so that it can be used to compare with throughout the pregnancy. if their blood pressure is above 140/90 it can indicate pre-eclampsia.
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Urine test
This reveal any potential problems during pregnancy. Protein in the urine may be the result of an infection. Further on in the pregnancy glucose in the urine can indicate diabetes.
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STI's
These can be harmful to the unborn baby, they can be pr-existing or caught during pregnancy. When they are caught during pregnancy they can be more serious or even life threatening. They can be cured with antibiotics during pregnancy.
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Examination of the uterus
This is done throughout pregnancy by both doctors and midwives. They will assess: how soft the cervix is, whether there is any thinning or opening of the cervix, the position of the cervix, how far into the pelvis the baby is.
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Baby's heart beat
This will be monitored at each appointment. This confirms if the baby is alive, and the midwife also listens to see if it is normal. The expected heartbeat of an unborn baby is 110-115 beats per minute.
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Ultrasound dating scan
This scan checks: how far along the pregnancy is which helps work out the due date, the baby's development, whether more than one baby is expected, that the baby is growing in the right place. Some abnormalities may also be detected.
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