Are you finding your midwife? If you are pregnant: congratulations! You have found your midwife. You can register directly with us via the website. Our assistant will then contact you as soon as possible to schedule the first appointments. If you sign up, we will schedule a first appointment between 7 and 8 weeks and/or between 10 and 11 weeks of pregnancy (both appointments including ultrasound) depending on if you are pregnant for the first time and your wishes. So it is useful to register with us a few weeks before that time. In short; you can already register from a positive pregnancy test, but you can also wait a little longer. Whatever feels right for you.
First weeks pregnant, find your midwife
It is not necessary to report to the doctor if you are pregnant. You just need to find your midwife. You can register directly with us a few weeks before you have to see the midwife for the first time (see above). Especially if you just found out you are pregnant, not much needs to be done yet. We can imagine that you have a lot of questions and that it might be exciting. You can find a lot of information about the first period of pregnancy in our web app (which you can install on your phone via our website). The midwife is also available every work day between 13:30 and 14:00 on the landline for questions you may already have. In case of emergency, concerns and/or blood loss, you can call our 06 number. This is always available. After the first few weeks you will have your first appointment with the midwife. Of course you can also ask all your questions then.
What should I pay attention to find a midwife?
What should you pay attention to before you go to the midwife? First of all, it is important to realize that a pregnancy grows on its own, without you doing anything for it. So you can’t do anything wrong in that sense. Of course it is important to adjust your lifestyle if necessary. Smoking and drinking alcohol is harmful to the unborn baby. However, many people still drink some alcohol in the first two weeks of pregnancy (before they know they are pregnant). You don’t have to worry about this. It is also important to adjust your diet. Some products are best avoided. In the app of the Nutrition Center (Zwangerhap) you will find all the latest information about foods. Be sure to put this app on your phone to check if you can eat / drink something when in doubt. The main groups to avoid are raw meat, cheeses made from raw milk and a number of (raw) fish species. Again, no one is perfect. Don’t panic if you (accidentally) eat or drink something that shouldn’t be. You can always call us with questions, that’s why you found your midwife!
Even before you have a consultation with the midwife you found, you can have a look at which vitamins you can take. Vitamin D is important for everyone (10 µg per day). Folic acid (0.4-0.5 mg) is also important for everyone from 4 weeks before conception up to the 10th week of pregnancy. It is also important to eat enough (fatty) fish to get omega 3. The advice is to eat fatty fish once a week and lean fish once a week. If this does not work for you, take omega 3 fatty acids with 250-450 DHA during pregnancy. Finally, it is important to get enough calcium. You can keep a food diary on the website of the nutrition center (Voedingscentrum) to see if you are getting enough calcium. You can also calculate it yourself based on the products you eat per day. You eat enough products with calcium if you take 3-4 servings of dairy per day.
If you would like to register with our birth practice, please use our handy and simple registration form: Register.