i'm doing the combined care scheme. i went to my gp to confirm pregnancy at 6 weeks. had a check up at 11 weeks with gp. then had dating scan/booking appt at 13 weeks with hospital. i have my big scan at 21weeks and then wont be seeing the midwives clinic until 27 weeks. nothing was ever mentioned to me about a gp check up in between 13 weeks and 27 weeks.
i was told if i feel there is something wrong i can book in at any time but i just think 14 weeks is an awful long gap. is this normal?
sorry if i havent explained this well
I see my Dr. quite regularly.You would be best going to see the Dr. between 13 and 27 wks. They need to check Bp,weight,urine etc.
There's nothing to stop you going to the Dr. I've been in quite regularly.I've never had any issue going to see the Dr.
My gp explained that I've to be seen by him every month for first 6 months - they check blood pressure, urine, weight etc... (unless I'm attending clinic that month, then I can skip him until following month). From 6-8 months go every fortnight, I think, and for final 6 weeks or so I've to go every week. Now I might not be absolutely spot on there, but that's the gist. Regular visits are actually encouraged so I'm surprised you were told to just drop back if something doesn't feel right. I'd just turn up every 4 weeks if I were you, they have to be regularly putting down your medical info on the chart.
thank you for both your answers they were really helpful. i was thinking i should be visiting more often. when i went to the check up at 11 weeks it was a locum doc. i asked her when should i come back next and she just said the hospital will tell me. but when i asked at the hospital they just gave me the dates for the scan and midwife clinic. i'll call tomorrow and make an appointment so. thanks again girls you've been brilliant as always
Yeah, this is something i wasnt sure of either but got a letter when i was about 16 weeks from the GP to say that I was due an antenatal checkup. He checked my weight, BP, urine and all that.
I was posted a schedule of visits from the HSE.
wk 24 GP
wk 28 GP (Hospital if its first pregnancy)
wk 30 GP
Wk 32 Hospital
Wk 34 GP
Wk 36 Hospital
Wk 37 GP
Wk 38 Hospital
Wk 39 GP
Wk 40 Hospital
first GP visit should be before Wk 12 and first hospital appointment should ideally take place by week 20
Some general information about the scheme on the hse website.
My gp said to not let a month go by without being seen either by him or the hospital so I would definitely book a visit with your gp in that big gap you have!
I had posted this in the June thread, its what my GP gave me on a leaflet
Maternity & Infant Care Scheme
The following is a schedule of visits which is recommended throughout your pregnancy with your GP and your chosen hospital.
Before 12 weeks - Visit with your general practitioner
Before 20 weeks - Visit to your chosen maternity unit/hospital
24 weeks - Visit with your general practitioner
28 weeks - Visit with your general practitioner (except in the case of 1st pregnancy)
- Visit to your chosen maternity unit/hospital (in case of first pregnancy)
30 weeks - Visit with your general practitioner
32 weeks - Visit to your chosen maternity unit/hospital
34 weeks - Visit with your general practitioner
36 weeks - Visit to your chosen maternity unit/hospital
37 weeks - Visit with your general practitioner
38 weeks - Visit to your chosen maternity unit/hospital
39 weeks - Visit with your general practitioner
40 weeks - Visit to your chosen maternity unit/hospital
Birth of Baby
2 weeks after birth (for baby only) - Visit with your general practitioner
6 weeks after birth (for mother & baby) - Visit with your general practitioner
i went to my doc when I found out I was pregnant and she got me to fill in HSE forms and said my visits would be free from now on - she didnt say this was combined care. My hospital said at 12 weeks apt that I should go combined care. Do I need to do something else or is the original form I signed in the doc's enough?
my gp suggested from the first visit that i do combined care and had me sign the forms there and then.
i made my appointment girls thank you for all your help, you're all stars