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During pregnancy

At the beginning of your pregnancy you will develop an individual care plan with your midwife.  Some key dates will include:

12 weeks

At 12 weeks you will be offered an ultrasound scan and this will allow midwives to estimate when your baby is due.  You will also be offered the option of CUBS (Combined Ultrasound Biochemical Screening) and other blood tests to monitor health.

15-16 weeks

If for any reason CUBS has not been obtained, a blood test will be offered at 15 - 16 weeks into the pregnancy in order to screen for any problems.

20 weeks

At around 20 weeks you'll be offered a second ultrasound scan, which is intended to provide a more detailed look at the baby.

22 weeks

At 22 weeks you will have an ante-natal appointment with your midwife, during which she will check the baby's growth, listen to his or her heartbeat and enquire about how you're getting on.

28 weeks

If you are a first-time mum, you will have another appointment with the midwife at 28 weeks.

36 weeks

You are always welcome to look around the CMU's birthing suite.  At 36 weeks first-time mums will have another appointment with their midwife.

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