The first appointment

You will attend your first appointment around 8 weeks of pregnancy.  This consultation will last around 40 minutes.  We will register relevant details, ask questions about your pregnancy, any previous pregnancies and births, your physical and mental health and enquire about diseases in your family.  It is also important for us to know the first day of your last period and when the pregnancy test was positive. The first appointment around 8 weeks is predominantly informative and will include an ultrasound scan. The follow-up appointment is around 12 weeks during which a second ultrasound will be performed to date the pregnancy.  We will also check your blood pressure. Following this we conduct the standard checks that we carry out at each appointment throughout the pregnancy which include; blood pressure measurement, checking the growth of the baby and listening to the baby’s heartbeat. During the first appointment you will be given lab forms for pregnancy blood screening tests to be carried out in the Reinier de Graaf Hospital (or local blood testing clinic). Click here for details of blood testing locations and opening times. 

You will need to bring the following to the first appointment:

  • Insurance documents with your insurance number and BSN number on
  • A photo or report from an ultrasound, if you have already had one during this pregnancy
  • A recent passport photo of yourself
  • Details of any previous pregnancies and births, if these have not been supervised by our practice

Make sure you have a reasonably full bladder for the ultrasound!



Your blood will be tested for the following:

  • Blood group and rhesus factor
  • Irregular antibodies
  • Syphillis
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV
  • Hb (iron level)
  • Glucose (blood sugar)

We may also test for toxoplasmosis, parvovirus (fifth disease) and rubella (German Measles). The blood test results are sent to the practice and you will be contacted by us in case of further action. If the results are normal you will receive them during your next appointment.



The following appointment is around the 11th week and lasts about 40 minutes. A second ultrasound will be carried out to determine when the baby is due. (Please do NOT empty your bladder before the scan)

During this appointment we will also explain to you the options for prenatal screening in the pregnancy if you have chosen to receive this information from us.


The regular check/ups then last 15 minutes and will include standard checks such as: blood pressure measurement, examining your belly and listening to baby´s hearbeat with the fetal doppler.

Please make sure you empty your bladder before the check/up (without ultrasound scan) as this can affect the measurements we make.