Most pregnancies are problem-free. Mother Nature sees to that. She has designed the female body in such a way that it usually deals with the additional stress of pregnancy with no complications. Nonetheless, it's sensible and important to have regular check-ups by a gynaecologist. This enables any problems to be detected early and treated appropriately. It's also a joy to see a new life developing.
You'll have regular appointments with your gynaecologist during your pregnancy, around every four to six weeks. If it's your first child and you suffer no complications during your pregnancy, it is reasonable to have around eight antenatal check-ups leading up to the birth. Should you have a sudden, uneasy feeling, arrange for an interim check-up. Better to have one check-up too many than one too few. You should expect the first doctor's appointment to take a little more time as the initial examinations are particularly thorough.
Watching the embryo grow
From the ultrasound pictures you can watch the tiny embryo developing into a little person. You'll find that you're building up a close relationship with your baby even at this early stage. Did you know that the baby's heart starts to beat around the fourth week of pregnancy?
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