If you can read Swedish, then vardguiden is a great source of information on pregnancy in Sweden; this page focuses on what goes on in your second trimester. If not, don’t worry. Here is a quick guide to your second trimester check ups. Basically, you are due for one standard trip to the midwife and an ultrasound (your second if you chose to have the NUPP test at around 12 weeks).
Second trimester check ups
The ultrasound is an amazing experience – seeing your little one on screen. And it can be a chance to learn a little more about them (such as their little quirks and habits).
The second trimester trip to the midwife should be booked for shortly after your 18-week ultrasound (usually, you arrange this with the midwife at your booking-in appointment).
For us, this appointment went quite quickly. Our midwife checked that I was feeling okay with everything, that we were happy with how it went at the scan. And then we got to hear little gyermek’s heart beating – another amazing first to add to the list. She then booked me a place on BB’s Stockholm’s ward at Danderyd Hospital. I need to have a back-up hospital, but provided that everything is healthy with the rest of my pregnancy, I have a bed waiting for me at Danderyd.
My midwife also gave me a “moderskapsintyg” with some information about the expected birth date and a little information about me to send to Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency). On this contact page, you can find all the different addresses to send forms to – I just hope I’ve picked the right one!
My next visit is now booked for week 24 and I walked out of the BVC armed with a book (in Swedish) about birth alternatives. My homework before the next appointment is to read through that and come up with options for the birth plan. I am just hoping that the book does not scare me as much as reading this did…