The care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy is called antenatal care.
You'll be offered a series of appointments with a midwife, or sometimes with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician). The majority of your care will be provided by midwives in the community and you may come into the hospital if necessary.
They will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy (including healthy eating and exercise advice) and answer any questions you may have.
If you're expecting your first child you'll have up to 12 antenatal appointments. If you've had a baby before you'll have around nine antenatal appointments. Under certain circumstances, for example if you develop a medical condition, you may have more.
Expected schedule of antenatal appointments
Expected schedule of postnatal appointments
Additional appointments may be offered depending on you and your baby’s needs.