Your Question: After realising that you are pregnant, when are you supposed to do your first medical appointment and get registered at the hospital?
Answer from Estelle Calleja: If you are seeing a private doctor, you should call him/her straight away to fix an appointment. Appointments are usually done when you are 9 weeks pregnant, as it is hard to hear the heart beat if the baby is younger than that. Before calling the doctor, try to remember the first date of your last period as this will mark the start of your pregnancy. The doctor will set your first appointment according to this date. Your doctor will then guide you as to when to call the hospital to register your pregnancy if you are giving birth at Mater Dei.
If you are not seeking private medical advice, you should either call the hospital for an appointment or else visit the public clinics when there is a midwife or gynaecologist present. Call your nearest clinic for more information. You should see your health care provider (doctor/midwife/gynaecologist) by the time you are 12 weeks pregnant (calculating the first day of pregnancy as the first day of your last period).
As soon as you realise that you are pregnant there are some things that you definitely have to consider for your health and the baby’s:
Start taking folic acid daily if you haven’t already started.
Stop abusive alcohol drinking.
Stop abusive drug taking. Consult your doctor if you are on some prescribed drugs to see if they are safe for your pregnancy.
Eat healthy food. Consult our guide on how to eat healthily while you are pregnant and on the importance of vitamins and minerals during pregnancy.
Estelle can be found at her baby shop: The Lullaby, M’Scala. You can visit her at the baby shop for any further questions you may have. www.thelullaby.net