The mother’s overall health and possible risk factors are assessed at the prenatal clinic through examinations and a personal interview. A blood sample is taken at the first appointment to determine your blood group, Rhesus factor and blood haemoglobin concentration. The sample will also be tested to rule out syphilis. A urine sample is tested for sugar levels, protein and bacteria. The expectant mother will be weighed, her height measured and her blood pressure checked. With the mother’s permission, the blood sample can also be tested for HIV antibodies and hepatitis. Visits to the prenatal clinic always include personal discussions and advice.

Your doctor will perform an internal examination at the first appointment to determine the position of the womb and check that the size of the uterus corresponds to the pregnancy weeks.