Describe antenatal developmental checks

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.6: Understand the needs of the mother and baby during pre-conception, pregnancy and the first year of life
Learning outcome: 1. Understand development from conception to end of gestation
Assessment criteria: 1.2 Describe antenatal developmental checks

  • Antenatal checks are checks are medical checks that are performed during pregnancy
  • They help to improve the health of the mother and baby, provide them with support and facilitate the early identification of any issues
  • First check is performed after mother finds out she is pregnant and makes contact with health professionals – they will provide advice about lifestyle choices and what can be expected during pregnancy
  • Within 10 weeks, screenings for sickle-cell disease and thalassaemia should be offered
  • Between 8-14 weeks a dating scan will be provided to estimate the due date, check on physical development and screen for conditions, such as Down’s Syndrome
  • At 18-20 weeks, another scan to check development and screening for HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitus B will be offered, whooping cough vaccine will also be offered
  • At 25, 28, 31, 34, 36, 38 and 40 weeks, blood pressure and size of uterus will be measured

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