If you are pregnant, you should visit your gynaecologist every four weeks during the first few months of your pregnancy. During the final eight weeks, you should visit your doctor every two weeks. These medical exams, referred to as Prenatal Care (“Schwangerschaftsvorsorge”), are important because they allow your doctor to make sure that you and your child are healthy. If you don’t feel well between two visits, don’t wait for your next appointment and consult your doctor immediately.
Every time you go to the doctor, she or he will weigh you, check your blood pressure and you will take a urine test. Sometimes, also a blood sample is needed. Usually, three ultrasound scans are conducted in different stages of pregnancy to examine the baby's developments.
You can also get advice from a midwife during your pregnancy and shortly after birth about topics such as child birth, breastfeeding, preparation for birth, the delivery itself and aftercare. The Maternity Health Record (“Mutterpass”), which every pregnant woman receives during the first medical examination, will help you to plan and record all medical exams before giving birth.