After your first (booking-in) visit with your midwife or obstetrician, you will be given a yellow card (or antenatal card). This is a cardboard form that records various details about you, your health and your pregnancy. The top section contains your personal information such as your name, address and date of birth. The next section records your medical history and estimated due date. Your previous pregnancies are recorded below, and finally, your blood test and ultrasound results are recorded at the bottom. On the reverse of the card, your midwife or obstetrician will update these sections at each pregnancy visit so that at the end of your pregnancy, your antenatal card will contain a complete summary of your pregnancy and pregnancy-related health. It’s really important that you carry your yellow card with you wherever you go, and that you bring it to each antenatal appointment so that your midwife or obstetrician can update it. The purpose of the antenatal card is to ensure that if you are injured or ill, another care provider will know that you are pregnant, who your care provider is (so that they can get further information) and also the details of your pregnancy. This can help ensure that you are not treated inappropriately, say with X-rays, medications or surgery.
At the end of your pregnancy, you retain your yellow card as a summary of your pregnancy. It can be a lovely keepsake of your pregnancy, and can be really helpful for the midwife or obstetrician who cares for you in your next pregnancy.
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