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.
There are some emergency situations. Go to a doctor if you:
Partner violence during pregnancy
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.