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Your Pregnancy Journey

All the information you need before the big day

Your Pregnancy Journey

Congratulations!

This is exciting news, but it’s also normal to feel overwhelmed and confused at times too. That’s why having a guide on what to expect over the next 40 weeks can help you feel better prepared for the changes to come.

At 4-6 weeks pregnant:

You will need to book with your GP to confirm the pregnancy, deal with any urgent medical issues and to seek a referral to your obstetrician.

Request a referral to the obstetrician of your choice from your GP. Your GP may also organise the scans and tests necessary in this early stage of pregnancy.

At 6-8 weeks pregnant:

You will make your first antenatal visit and hospital booking.

When you have chosen the obstetrician and hospital you want to birth in, it’s a good idea to contact them and book in. Ring the obstetrician’s rooms and they will make an appointment for you and notify the hospital. You will usually have your first appointment about 8-10 weeks.

If attending a public hospital your GP will be responsible for your care until the clinic takes over anywhere between 12-20 weeks.

You can book a *tour to see the Maternity facilities and begin the booking-in process by completing the online booking registration form.

At 8-10 weeks pregnant:

Your first visit with your Obstetrician will occur, and you will book into a maternity hospital.

During this visit, your general health, family history and pregnancy risk factors will be assessed and many obstetricians will perform a dating ultrasound scan.

You can also book into the ‘Know My Midwife’ program at this point. Ask your Obstetrician for a referral.

Know my midwife

At 10 weeks pregnant:

This is when you may undergo antenatal screening and have antenatal bloods taken.

Your obstetrician will discuss screening for chromosomal abnormalities, other genetic conditions, as well as organise routine antenatal investigations.

At 12-13 weeks pregnant:

This is the time when you will undergo your first trimester ultrasound. This ultrasound is performed to look at the early anatomy of your baby and investigate to see whether there are any early indicators that your baby may have a chromosomal condition. If there are any issues or concerns your obstetrician will discuss this further with you.

For information on maternity Pre-admission & Classes Phone our maternity bookings officer on 4052 5280 Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm to arrange an appointment with a Midwife and to book Antenatal Classes.

At 20 weeks pregnant:

You have officially reached the halfway mark. Some may start to feel the baby move at this stage. A detailed fetal anatomy ultrasound is performed to ensure the baby has developed normally and the placenta is functioning appropriately. If not already known, now is when you may find out the sex of your baby.

You will also have an appointment booked in with a midwife to go through your preadmission.

At 26-35 weeks pregnant:

In this period, your baby will grow significantly, and you will be busy attending birthing, breastfeeding, parenting and postnatal classes.

Classes are ideal so that you can build your awareness and confidence of how to embrace the first weeks of being a parent. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other soon-to-be parents.

At 30 weeks pregnant:

From this point on, you should be preparing and planning for the birth. You and your partner/support person may have discussed preferences for pain relief, birthing positions, and even considered the people you want present at your baby’s birth. These preferences are all worth discussing with your obstetrician and midwife.

At 32 weeks pregnant:

By now you will have completed your antenatal preparation and will begin to have more frequent antenatal visits.

At this point also you may choose to do the online CPR training for parents. This is a great way to ensure you know all the basics and some of the less considered advice and recommendations around making your home and lifestyle safe for your child.

At 35 weeks pregnant:

Time to pack a hospital bag! At this point, you'll probably feel a whole lot more prepared and confident knowing you have a bag ready with everything you need for hospital. Pack the clothes you need, sanitary pads and nappies, toiletries and any items you know you'll want for yourself and your baby.

At 36-40 weeks pregnant:

From now on, you’ll see your obstetrician weekly, to monitor your baby’s movements and know when to contact the hospital if you feel worried or if you feel any contractions.

Full term labour usually starts between 38 and 42 weeks, however there may be many reasons to discuss timing of birth with your obstetrician. Your midwives and obstetrician will guide you through the labour, and support you through any choices you have to make along the way.

Afterbirth Postnatal Drop-In Clinic follow-up:

Once your baby has been born, a combination of support will be offered by your obstetrician, your GP, midwives, paediatrician and maternal and child health nurses you will see through your local council.

Our Postnatal Drop-In Clinic is open every FRIDAY’s 9am to 12 noon. The service provides support from 0 to 6 weeks for you and your newborn in breastfeeding lactation support, maternal & newborn assessment, newborn weight checks, sleep and settling and much more.

Go to After Baby Support for more information or call us on (07) 4052 5232

Becoming a parent is an exciting and life-altering experience, but the right support and knowledge can help you learn what you need to feel confident on your journey. Your experience will be similar to others in some ways, but always entirely your own. It’s important to choose the place and people who you trust to be there during the exciting moments. And enjoy it! As the saying goes: The days are long, but the years are short.