Irish general practitioners (GPs) play a vital role in providing antenatal care, also known as pregnancy care, to expectant mothers throughout all stages of pregnancy. Antenatal care provided by GPs in Ireland typically includes a range of services aimed at monitoring the health and well-being of both the mother and the developing foetus.

During the initial stages of pregnancy, our GPs offer confirmatory pregnancy testing, provide information on prenatal vitamins and nutrition, and discuss lifestyle factors such as smoking cessation, alcohol consumption, and exercise. The GPs also offer guidance on managing common pregnancy symptoms and addressing any concerns or questions the expectant mother may have.

Throughout the pregnancy, the GPs monitor the progress of the pregnancy through regular prenatal check-ups. These appointments involve monitoring blood pressure, weight gain, fetal growth, and listening to the baby’s heartbeat. the GPs may also perform routine prenatal screenings and tests, such as blood tests, urine tests, and ultrasounds, to assess the health of both the mother and the baby and to identify any potential complications.

In addition to physical assessments, the GPs provide emotional support and counseling to expectant mothers, addressing issues such as anxiety, stress, and mental health concerns. They also offer information on childbirth preparation, breastfeeding support, and postnatal care.

Overall, our GPs play a crucial role in providing comprehensive antenatal care to expectant mothers, ensuring a healthy pregnancy and a positive birth experience for both mother and baby. We work closely with obstetricians, midwives, and other healthcare professionals to provide coordinated care throughout the pregnancy journey.