Antenatal care: what every mother-to-be needs to know

Written by: Professor Mina Savvidou
Edited by: Conor Dunworth

Antenatal care is an important aspect of every woman’s pregnancy. In her latest article, renowned consultant obstetrician and specialist in fetal maternal medicine Dr Makrina Savvidou explains antenatal care in detail.


What is antenatal care?

Antenatal care refers to the care provided to pregnant women in order to improve their health during pregnancy and the health of their baby.


What health professionals can provide antenatal care?

 Doctors and midwives routinely provide antenatal care to women throughout their pregnancy.


Where can I receive antenatal care?

Antenatal care is mainly provided in hospitals. However, sometimes it can be shared with general practitioners and midwives.


What happens during an antenatal appointment?

Antenatal care is made up of several different steps done at regular check-ups. These steps include:

  • Checking the mother’s blood pressure and urine
  • Measuring the size of her abdomen
  • Listening to the baby’s heartbeat
  • Providing information on the next steps and addressing any questions or concerns the mother-to-be may have


What are the benefits of antenatal care?

Antenatal care ensures that the mother and baby are healthy, and aims to offer both better health outcomes in the future.


During which stage of pregnancy should I begin antenatal care?

Antenatal care usually begins after 7-8 weeks of pregnancy although an earlier scan will ensure the pregnancy is viable and in the right place. However, if there are any pre-existing medical conditions, advice and care may start even before conception.


Dr Makrina Savvidou is a highly-revered consultant obstetrician and specialist in fetal maternal medicine based in London. If you would like to book an appointment with Dr Savvidou, you can do so today via her Top Doctors profile.

By Professor Mina Savvidou
Obstetrics & gynaecology

Professor Mina Savvidou is a highly-revered consultant obstetrician and accredited sub-specialist in fetal and maternal medicine based in London. In addition to childbirth, she is an expert in several types of pregnancies, including high-risk and multiple pregnancies. Dr Savvidou is currently the clinical lead for fetal medicine at the renowned Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where she became a consultant in 2008.

Soon after qualifying in medicine in Greece in 1992, Professor Savvidou moved to the UK to complete her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology on the North West London Deanery rotation. In 1998, she became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a fellow later on in 2016. Professor Savvidou then undertook a prestigious research post at the world-famous Harris Birthright Research Centre at King’s College Hospital, focusing on serious serious fetal and maternal pregnancy-related conditions under the guidance of esteemed Professor K Nicolaides. She obtained an MD thesis in 2004 from University of London, before going on to accomplish additional specialist training at King’s College Hospital. Here, Professor Savvidou developed her medical interest in high-risk pregnancies and complex fetal conditions.

On top of her highly-sought maternity care, Professor Savvidou has an extensive background in academic research and education. Her work has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and she reviews and edits leading scientific obstetrics journals, including the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Alongside her NHS role, Professor Savvidou currently sees patients at her private practice, Obstetrics Care, located in Chelsea and Westminster's Kensington Wing. She performs deliveries there, as well as at the internationally-acclaimed Portland Hospital for Women and Children.

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