You may also be asked to be weighed, have some blood taken for testing, asked to give a urine sample and have your blood pressure checked.
It is important to know that you don’t have to answer anything you don’t want to, and you don’t have to be weighed, or have tests. If you are not sure why they are being offered, you can ask before you make your decision.
As well as being offered checks and tests the midwife may offer to give you information on topics such as exercise in pregnancy, how to maintain a healthy weight and healthy eating. If you are a smoker and you want to stop, your midwife can refer to you a support service.
If you book with an independent midwife the first appointment is likely to be take much longer, and you’ll have more time to talk about anything that’s on your mind. However, if you need more time with your NHS midwife you can ask for another appointment at a later date.