At your routine antenatal appointments you will be asked to provide a clean, fresh sample of urine. Having certain substances in your urine can give your midwife an indication of early signs of conditions which may cause problems for you and your baby.
Assessing your baby's growth (symphysis fundal height)
Your symphysis fundal height (SFH) will be measured from 26-28 weeks of pregnancy.
The measurements are taken with a centimetre paper tape measure, from the top of the uterus to the top of the symphysis (pubic bone).
The measurement is then plotted on the graph in your notes.
Not all women will have their abdomen measured, certain women will need a regular ultrasound from 28 week as they are at increased risk of having a small baby or the measurement is less reliable.
- Your abdomen will not be measured if:
- You have a multiple pregnancy
- have a BMI over 35
- increased fluid around your baby
- large fibroids
Check with your midwife how your baby's growth will be assessed.
You will be offered two routine scans in the first half of your pregnancy (usually by 21 weeks). As with any tests, it is up to you whether you want any scans to be performed in your pregnancy.
A pregnancy scan, or ultrasound scans uses high-frequency sound wavs to create a moving image of your babby, his internal organs and your placenta. It is safe for mother and baby to have ultrasound scans.
Screening tests for you and your baby
The first half of pregnancy is a time when various tests are offered to check for potential problems. Screening tests are used to find out if you are at higher risk of a health problem.
To contact the antenatal screening team
The tests below are the ones that we routinely offer.
Don't hesitate to ask your midwife, GP or Obstetrician what each test means for you.
Group B Streptococcus (GBS)
You might have already heard of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) or you have been told that a recent vaginal or rectal swab or urine test has found GBS.
We do not routinely screen pregnant women for GBS.
GBS is carried by around a quarter of healthy adult women. Carriage causes no symptoms or harm to Mum.
GBS is a bacterium that can cause serious illness in people of all ages, with the infections especially severe in newborn babies.
Fortunately, the vast majority of these infections can be prevented, simply and safely, when Mums carrying group B Strep are offered antibiotics in labour.