Prenatal check up

On this page, we have gathered all the information about the different check ups, when they take place, and what happens during the check ups.

The contents of all the prenatal care check ups have been prepared by the Directorate of Health and Social Affairs.

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First check up: week 8–12
  • Topics like lifestyle habits, information on natal care, social security rights, and information about tests taken during pregnancy that you should be informed about so that you can make informed decisions.
  • Mapping to find out if you need extended follow-up beyond the ordinary natal care program, and if so, planning this follow-up.
  • You will be informed about genetic prenatal diagnostics and genetic guidance on indication.
  • You will be informed about blood type and antibodies, screening for anaemia (Hb), rubella (German measles), HIV, and syphilis, hepatitis B and C, for women it might concern.
  • You will be informed about the urine test as screening for asymptomatic bacteria in the urine, this especially concerns those who have previously had several urinary tract infections.
  • You will be informed about ultrasound screening in week 17–19.
  • Calculate BMI, measure blood pressure, and proteinuria and glucosuria.
  • Be assessed for sickle cell anaemia or thalassemia; for ethnic groups where this is relevant.
  • Take chlamydia test if you’re under 25 years of age or if there are any signs.
  • You will receive the consumer version of natal care and information about ultrasound.
Second control: week 17–19
  • Gestational age will be assessed, i.e. measure the size of the foetus to calculate the exact due date.
  • Identify those pregnant with twins.
  • The location of the placenta in the uterus will be examined.
  • The anatomy of the foetus will be examined.
Third control: week 24 of pregnancy
  • Review, discuss, and take note of the results of tests taken at the first check up. Furthermore, assess whether you need additional follow up or referral to a specialist.
  • Become informed about preparation for birth and parenting courses.
  • Measure the size of the uterus, blood pressure, weight, and test for proteinuria and glucosuria.
  • Listen to the souffle (heart sound) of the foetus and be informed you that you should be sensing movement in the womb.
Fourth control: week 28 of pregnancy
  • Measure the size of the uterus, blood pressure, weight, and test for proteinuria and glucosuria.
  • Listen to the souffle of the foetus and address the topic of sensing movement.
  • Breastfeeding information.
  • Discuss your health during pregnancy.
Femte kontroll: svangerskapsuke 32
  • Measure the size of the uterus, blood pressure, weight, and test for proteinuria and glucosuria.
  • Rh-negative women are tested for antibodies.
  • Listen to the souffle of the foetus and address the topic of sensing movement.
  • Address the topic of breastfeeding and preparing for this.
  • Discussing your health during pregnancy.
Sixth check up: week 36 of pregnancy
  • Measure the size of the uterus, blood pressure, weight and test for proteinuria and glucosuria.
  • Listen to the souffle of the foetus and address the topic of sensing movement.
  • Consider the position of the child, and, if there’s any suspicion of the baby lying in a breech position, confirm this with ultrasound.
  • Rh-negative: new antibody test.
  • Discussing your health during pregnancy.
Seventh control: week 38 of pregnancy
  • Measure the size of the uterus, blood pressure, weight, and test for proteinuria and glucosuria.
  • Listen to the souffle of the foetus and address the topic of sensing movement.
  • Consider the position of the child, and, if any suspicion of breech position, confirm this with ultrasound.
  • Discussing your health during pregnancy.
Eighth check up: week 40 of pregnancy
  • Measure the size of the uterus, blood pressure, weight, and test for proteinuria and glucosuria.
  • Listen to the souffle of the foetus and address the topic of sensing movement.
  • Consider the position of the child, and, if any suspicion of breech position, confirm this with ultrasound.
  • Discussing your health during pregnancy.
Ninth check up: week 41 of pregnancy
  • Measure the size of the uterus, blood pressure, weight, and test for proteinuria and glucosuria.
  • Listen to the souffle of the foetus and address the topic of sensing movement.
  • Consider the position of the child, and, if any suspicion of breech position, confirm this with ultrasound.
  • Refer to overtime assessment.