All follow up appointments will be 15 minutes and are recommended at the following times:

  • 10 weeks (first)
  • 16 weeks
  • 22 weeks
  • 26 weeks
  • 30 weeks
  • 32 weeks
  • 34 weeks
  • 36 weeks
  • 37 weeks (and weekly until your delivery)
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If you require any additional appointments throughout your pregnancy, this can be arranged without any addition out-of-pocket expenses.

Michael is contactable during office hours at the practice on (02) 9966 5500. Alternatively, you can reach him outside office hours at the hospital that you are booked with.

Tests and Procedures

Ultrasound

The two main ultrasounds are performed at 12 and 19 weeks of pregnancy. At 12 weeks the nuchal transluscency (neck thickness) ultrasound screens for down’s syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. If the result is considered high risk then further investigations may be required ( such as CVS and amniocentesis).

The 19 week (or morphology) ultrasound assesses the anatomy of the baby as well as the position of the placenta in relation to the cervix. This is a more detailed ultrasound and some couples will have the opportunity to discover the gender of their baby if desired.

For further information on ultrasound care please visit Sydney Ultrasound for Women or Ultrasound Care.

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)

This procedure is performed between 11 and 14 weeks and involves sampling the placental bed to screen for chromosomal abnormalities. It is performed on women who have a higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities (women over 35, or women who return a high risk result on nuchal translucency screening).

CVS carries approximately a 0.5% risk of miscarriage.

Amniocentesis

Is usually performed at 16 weeks of pregnancy. The procedure involves involves drawing a sample of amniotic fluid to detect any chromosomal abnormalities. The risk of miscarriage after amniocentesis is approximately .25%.