Make an appointment with a doctor to confirm your pregnancy.

If you are pregnant, a doctor or gynaecologist will follow up on you and the foetus during your entire pregnancy.

 

Doctor taking a blood sample from a woman to check if she is pregnant.

Regular check-ups

The doctor or gynaecologist will:

  • Ask questions about you, your partner, both families, earlier pregnancies, the date of your last menstrual period… in order to know 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 only one baby or more;
    • to check the foetus’s heartbeat, weight, length and position in the uterus;
    • to check whether the foetus has any defects;
    • to reveal the position of the placenta and the amount of amniotic fluid;
    • to know the baby’s sex.
  • If necessary, perform a vaginal examination at the end of pregnancy;
  • Inform you about tests you can have to check for other diseases or disorders. The parents choose whether they want the tests or not.
The doctor carries out at least 3 ultrasound scans during a pregnancy.
Woman lying on an examination bed. The focus is on the belly. If necessary, the doctor performs a vaginal examination at the end of pregnancy.
Detail of a vaginal examination: doctor inserting a few fingers in the vagina to feel if the cervix is already opening up. He/she also checks the position of the uterus from the outside.

Emergency situations

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.
Go to a doctor in case of emergency.
Go to a doctor if you fall on your belly.
Go to a doctor if you feel a heavy pain in your belly.
Go to a doctor if you have a persistent fever.
Go to a doctor if you lose blood from your vagina.
Go to a doctor if you lose a lot of weight.
Go to a doctor if you lose fluid from your vagina.
Go to a doctor if you have a lot of white vaginal discharge with a bad smell.

Midwife

You can ask a midwife to guide you during pregnancy. You can discuss discomforts, breast-feeding…, all questions you have related to your pregnancy and the delivery.

Partner violence during pregnancy

Partner violence is any form of violence between 2 people in a relationshipPartner 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 example: fear, stress, loss of blood, high blood pressure, premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage.

Often the baby will need more care after birth

Ask a counsellor or your family doctor for help if you experience partner violence during pregnancy.

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