Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Routine Tests & Scans

Bloom Women's Health - Small flower purple

Regular Antenatal Visits & Tests Throughout Your Pregnancy

Regular antenatal visits are required to monitor you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. Your first Obstetric visit is usually scheduled between 8 and 10 weeks (or earlier if you have concerns). This visit commonly involves:

Routine Appointment Schedule

The general appointment schedule for a normal pregnancy is as follows:

These visits provide an opportunity to discuss your pregnancy progress and delivery preferences, and to get to know the team before the birth of your baby. Partners and support members are most welcome to attend your appointments.

Whilst we make every effort to run on time with consultations, due to the unpredictable nature of Obstetrics this is not always possible. At times we may need to reschedule your appointment – we will always do our best to minimise any inconvenience to you.

Routine Tests and Scans

10 weeks

The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is a blood test that is performed to screen for genetic chromosomal conditions, including Down syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18) and Patau’s syndrome (Trisomy 13).

Reproductive Genetic Carrier Screening for Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) can also be arranged.

11-14 weeks

The Nuchal Translucency Scan is an ultrasound scan that is performed to assess the early anatomical development of your baby, and screen for a risk of genetic conditions such as Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome and Patau’s Syndrome.

Routine antenatal blood tests are also usually done.

18-20 weeks

A Morphology Scan is a detailed ultrasound scan checking your baby’s anatomical development and growth. It helps to screen for any physical abnormalities, and it may also show you the sex of your baby if you wish.

Depending on the results of your tests, you may be offered a Chorionic Villus Sampling Test (CVS) or Amniocentesis for further investigation.

26-28 weeks

A fasting Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) and other routine tests are performed to screen for signs of gestational diabetes.

If you have an Rh-negative blood type you will need an Anti-D injection at 28 weeks.

34-36 weeks

A further routine blood test is performed and if you have an Rh-Negative blood type, then a second Anti-D injection is given at 34 weeks.

Additional tests may be required, depending on how your pregnancy progresses.

Menopause - Bloom Women's Health

Menopause and HRT

The change of life or menopause is an important milestone...

PCOS

PCOS

PCOS is a common hormonal condition in women of reproductive...

Your First Visit

What should I bring to my first appointment?...

Get in contact with our team