First visit to your Family doctor – GP after discovering that you are pregnant.
Free dental care and prescription start up pack
12  and 18 weeks scans.
Register your newborn.

The first examination of pregnancy in England is done by your Family doctor – GP. If you do not have a Family doctor yet, you will need to register with a local one. See our article on how to register with a GP. Once you have registered, you will need to make an appointment to see your doctor.


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The doctor will determine the time of pregnancy, delivery time and examine you by checking your blood pressure, body weight, etc. Your GP will also contact your local or appointed hospital.

You will be given a Maternity Exemption application form (FW8) for dental care and free prescriptions that you need to post to the NHS. In England, during the pregnancy and 12 months after the birth, all dental care and prescriptions are free.

Within the first 10 weeks you will be offered a HIV, Hepatitis B, Syphilis, Sickle cell  and Thalassaemia screening.

After about 10 weeks you will be invited by your hospital for the first 12 week ultrasound scan. In the letter the date and location will be confirmed. Usually you are also required to have a urine and a blood test to screen for Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome.

From the 12th week onward a midwife, recommended by your GP, visits you once a month for a check up to see if everything is in order. The midwife will give you a yellow Maternity note book and a  Bounty Pack, which is an information pack about having a baby.

In your 18-20 week pregnancy period you will be invited for a mid-pregnancy test that includes checks for major physical abnormalities, blood tests and ultrasound for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome.

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After the birth the child must be registered within 42 days at the local Register office where you will be given your child’s Birth Certificate.

NHS  Healthy Start Offers weekly free vouchers for milk, fresh or frozen vegetables, fruits, baby milk powder and vitamins shopping.

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