The Importance of Routine Check-Ups During Your Pregnancy

Routine check-ups during your pregnancy allow you to build rapport with your midwife and obstetrician as well as get updates on your fetus’ development. If your doctor doesn’t already have your full medical history, they will document it during your first appointment. During each of your appointments, you will be able to ask questions, address concerns, and plan your birth. These check-ups are conducted in regular intervals in a clinical setting where tests can be run to ensure the safety of you and your growing baby. It’s impossible to overemphasise the importance of routine check-ups during your pregnancy. 

When To Schedule Your Antenatal Check-Ups

Your doctor or midwife will schedule regular appointments in advance based on your expected due date and any underlying medical conditions you may have. These appointments typically take place at four to six-week intervals until you reach 28 weeks of pregnancy. After that you will have appointments every two weeks until you reach 36 weeks, and then weekly until you give birth. Several factors can determine the frequency of these appointments. The frequency depends on whether you and your baby are in good health, you have given birth before, and the level of risk to you and your baby. 

What Doctors Look for During Your Antenatal Check-Ups

With the luxury of a lot of research and scientific advancements, there are many things doctors know to look out for. Of course, to begin with, your doctor will ensure you are pregnant. After that, they will ensure the baby is developing as expected and check for chromosomal issues like Down’s syndrome as well as the anatomy of your baby by the end of the 1st trimester (taking advantage of NIPT and ultrasound technologies). Your obstetric team will also check your weight, blood pressure, and the baby’s heartbeat and movement at each visit. These are just the primary aspects of your check-ups that may prompt your doctor to investigate further.

The Benefits of Routine Check-Ups During Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy may leave you full of anxiety, so it is really important to attend your regular antenatal check-ups for peace of mind. During these check-ups, you can ask your doctor every question under the sun and ensure that you and your baby are healthy. These check-ups will put your mind at ease, and the doctor will be able to help you deal with any additional symptoms you may have. These check-ups also enable the doctor to run the necessary tests and help you plan the birth. You will be able to see your baby during your ultrasound and 3D/4D scans and learn what to expect during childbirth and learn more about breastfeeding. 

The excitement of pregnancy is best complemented by regular appointments with your doctor to ensure everything is progressing as it should. In addition to these appointments, you will rely on the skills of sonographers who can conduct anatomical ultrasound scans at 12 and 18-20 weeks gestation, as well as fetal well being ultrasound scans from 24 weeks onwards. At OMNI, our expert fetal medicine team, led by Dr Colin Walsh and our experienced and RANZCOG/FMF NT accredited sonographers, will give you and your baby the best possible ultrasound care. To book an appointment, get in touch with us today. 

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.