The care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy is called antenatal care.
You will be offered a series of appointments with a midwife, or sometimes with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).
The majority of your care will be provided by midwives in the community and you may come into the hospital if necessary.
They will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy (including healthy eating and exercise advice) and answer any questions you may have.
If you are expecting your first child you will have up to 12 antenatal appointments. If you have had a baby before you will have around nine antenatal appointments. Under certain circumstances, for example if you develop a medical condition, you may have more appointments.