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Antenatal day service

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Please note that there will be changes to the way antenatal classes are conducted as a result of the current restrictions in place.

All face to face classes are currently cancelled but your midwife will explain what online resources are available to you. 

All of our hospitals provide an antenatal day service. You may be recommended to attend here for more advice and checks by your community midwife. Click here for information about the people you may meet in the antenatal period and beyond.

Antenatal classes

Ask your midwife about local antenatal classes which you can access.

Antenatal classes help to prepare you for your baby's birth, giving you confidence and lots of information.

If you are having your baby at Hull University Teaching hospitals trust and you live in Hull or the East Riding of Yorkshire you are eligible for free antenatal classes please call HEY Baby on 07769671449 for more information or e mail heybaby@hey.nhs.uk.

A carousel evening for expectant families is also held on the last Wednesday of every month between 6 and 8pm. It is held in the clinical skills department on the 2nd floor of the Eye hospital next door to the maternity hospital. This is a very informative session with lots of information including chat to a midwife, see the Fatima Allam Birth centre through the eyes of virtual reality goggles.Learn how to fit a car seat correctly, meet staff from many agencies including children's centres, Demonstrations of bathing baby, safe sleeping and so much more. No need to book just come along and see what is on offer.  Please bring your handheld maternity records with you (Green notes).Partners and families welcome.

For classes at York, Scarborough, Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals please contact your community midwife for details.

There are also some online parent education available from York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts as follows:

Please remember your community midwife or staff in the maternity unit are always available if you have any concerns or need to speak to someone.

Antenatal pregnancy pack

Francesca Docherty and Emma Gibney-Perinatal mental health nursery nurses (Hull, East Riding, North and North East Lincolnshire) have developed a pregnancy pack which includes information on bonding with baby whilst pregnant, ideas for hospital bags and suggestions for relaxing. 



Hypnobirthing is a complete birth education programme. It teaches simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques to encourage a positive birth experience.

For further information on self-funded hypnobirthing courses, please consult your local alternative therapies directory

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  


Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.