It can be quite surprising to find that you’re unlikely to see a midwife until around 8 or 10 weeks of pregnancy. Depending on how busy the service is it may be slightly earlier, but could even be longer. If you find out that you’re pregnant at around your first missed period, so about 4 weeks of pregnancy, this month of waiting could feel like forever, and many women and people describe feeling as though no one is there to care for them at a time when they have hundreds of questions. Of course, this is when people often reach out to social media, where like-minded souls can support one another through these exciting and challenging times.
When you do see the midwife, she’ll ‘book you’, which means asking lots of questions and starting a file of maternity notes for you. She may offer to weigh you, do a blood test and check your urine. Every test is optional. Before doing any of these tests the midwife should tell you what the pros and cons of them are, and what benefits and risks any tests may have. So if you want to ask questions, feel free to do so. Their job is to provide you with the answers!