Pregnancy Check-Up & Delivery

Need information on pregnancy check-up in Singapore? Expectant parents would be looking for the schedule, nature, and cost of prenatal visits. 

Here you can find a rundown of the trimester check-ups, insight into what each appointment involves, and the estimated cost. Start your pregnancy confidently, knowing what’s ahead on your prenatal journey.

Pregnancy check-up and tests by trimester

Regular pregnancy check-up and tests are necessary to check your and your baby’s health. They are designed to monitor the baby’s growth, detect potential risks, and manage pregnancy complications

First trimester check-up

During the first trimester of pregnancy, which spans from weeks 1 to 12, several check-ups and tests are conducted to check on the health and well-being of the mother and the developing fetus:

Confirmation of pregnancy: This usually involves a urine test to detect the presence of hCG, also known as human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by the placenta after implantation occurs.

Initial consultation: An initial consultation will discuss the mother’s medical history, including any previous pregnancies, pre-existing medical conditions, and medications, to help develop an appropriate prenatal care plan.

Physical examination: A general physical examination is performed, which may include measuring blood pressure, assessing weight, and checking for any signs or symptoms of complications.

Blood tests: These blood tests assess the mother’s health status and screen for potential risks to the pregnancy:

  • Blood type and Rh factor testing
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Blood tests for infectious diseases including HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B

Ultrasound: A dating ultrasound is performed during the first trimester to estimate the gestational age of the fetus and confirm the viability of the pregnancy.

Prenatal supplements: Doctors prescribe prenatal vitamins containing folic acid, iron, calcium, and other essential nutrients to aid fetal development.

Second trimester check-up

The second trimester, extending from week 13 to week 28 sees significant growth and development of the baby. During this period, pregnant mothers undergo various screening tests during check-up, to ensure the baby’s health and proper development.

  1. Physical examination: Regular physical examinations monitor the mother’s blood pressure, weight gain, and overall health status. 
  2. Multiple marker screening: This blood test is performed to detect genetic disorders like Down syndrome and neural tube defects. 
  3. Anatomy ultrasound: Fetal anatomy ultrasound checks the development of the fetus, including the brain, spine, heart, limbs, and internal organs. This ultrasound can detect any structural abnormalities or developmental issues in the fetus.
  4. Glucose screening test: A test for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The mother drinks a sugary solution, and her blood sugar levels are read an hour later.

Third trimester check-up

The third trimester, starting from week 29 until birth is the final stretch of the pregnancy journey. During this period, the frequency of check-ups increases to monitor the baby’s position and growth, as well as the mother’s overall well-being.

  1. Physical examination: Regular physical examinations are conducted to monitor the mother’s blood pressure, weight gain, and overall health status.
  2. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) screening: Expectant mothers are screened for Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a type of bacteria that can grow in the genital tract of some pregnant women and infect newborns during delivery.
  3. Non-Stress Test (NST): The NST is typically performed in the third trimester to assess fetal well-being and evaluate the fetal heart rate patterns. 
  4. Biophysical Profile (BPP): The BPP assesses fetal movements, fetal tone, amniotic fluid volume, fetal breathing movements, and fetal heart rate patterns. 
  5. Pelvic exams: Pelvic exams are performed to check for cervical dilation, effacement, and the position of the baby.
  6. Preparation for labour: Doctors brief you on the signs of labour, what to expect during the birthing process, pain management options, and when to go to the hospital.

Access to Fetal Assessment Centre

At SWC Medical Group, we commit ourselves to providing holistic and personalised treatment. That’s why, for complex and high-risk obstetric care, we’ll send patients to our Fetal Assessment Centre, which is equipped with additional diagnostic machines. You can be assured that when you consult any doctor of ours, at whichever clinic, they will have access to this centre.

Pregnancy check-up cost & package

Pregnancy check-up costs and packages in Singapore can vary, depending on your chosen doctor and individual needs. 

At SWC Medical Group, our specialist clinics’ outpatient pregnancy check-up costs about $200 to $300 per visit. If you want an antenatal package with your chosen doctor, including some tests and services, you can expect an estimated cost of around $1,000 for eight to ten visits.

Enquire with the clinics for their exact pricing, and to also find out which packages are best suited for you. 

Labour & delivery

Labour and delivery are the final and most rewarding stages of pregnancy. But when should you head to the hospital? Some signs that you should be making your way to the hospital are:

  • Regular and increasing contractions: Labour contractions become regular, stronger, and closer together over time.
  • Water breaking: Water breaking can feel like a gush of fluid or a continuous leaking of clear or slightly pink-tinged fluid from the vagina.
  • Thick or blood-tinged discharge: Thick or blood-tinged discharge is a sign that the cervical mucus plug is dislodging from the cervix opening, signalling dilation and imminent labour.

Duration of labour

Labour happens in three stages. In the first stage, the cervix gradually dilates to open the birth passage. The second stage sees the birth of the baby, and in the third stage, labour is completed with the delivery of the placenta. 

The duration of labour and delivery can vary greatly among women. It usually takes longer for first-time mothers and those who have had a previous caesarean section. For first-time mothers, it is normal for labour to take around 12 to 14 hours or more. Meanwhile, women who have undergone vaginal childbirth before can expect a shorter labour duration.

With your doctor’s guidance, they will ensure the process and delivery go as smoothly as possible.

Managing pain during labour

If you need to manage pain during labour, you can request pain management options. Here are some common ones:

  1. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas): Inhale nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to help take the edge off labour pain. 
  2. Epidural analgesia: Epidurals provide effective pain relief and are commonly used during labour. It is administered into the epidural space of the spine to block pain signals to the brain.
  3. Opioid medications: Opioid pain relievers, such as morphine, will be injected or delivered through an intravenous (IV) drip to manage moderate to severe labour pain.

Documents to bring

When heading to the hospital, remember to bring necessary documents such as:

  1. Your and your spouse’s NRIC
  2. Your outpatient appointment booklet
  3. Your marriage certificate
  4. Your admission form

Preparing your documents will help facilitate a smooth admission process and ensure that the labour and delivery team has all the necessary information to manage your care.

Items to pack for mother and baby

Packing for the hospital stay is an exciting part of the journey towards meeting your baby. Essential items for both you and your baby include comfortable clothing, toiletries, and baby care items. 

Remember to pack a set of baby clothes for your little one’s first trip home, and a camera to capture these precious moments!

Delivery cost & packages

The cost of delivery in Singapore can vary significantly based on your choice of hospital and doctor. At SWC Medical Group specialist clinics, the price for a normal delivery starts at $3,000, whereas caesarean sections can incur costs of $4,000 or higher.

Postpartum check-up

Postpartum check-ups allow doctors to check the mother’s physical and emotional recovery after childbirth. At this stage, we can address the new mother’s concerns and ensure the baby’s well-being.

The postpartum recovery process can be challenging for mothers, as it often involves the stress of caring for the baby, changes in hormones, and changes in the body. A postpartum check-up, typically six weeks after birth, is a good time to discuss these changes, any complications experienced during recovery, and the mother’s and baby’s overall well-being.

Pregnancy check-up & delivery in Singapore

Pregnancy is a joyous journey, but it can cause a little anxiety in expectant mothers. With regular pregnancy check-up and tests, expectant mothers can be reassured of their and their baby’s health.

At SWC Medical Group, we offer comprehensive pregnancy check-ups and delivery services to ensure your and your baby’s well-being. Our experienced team of labour and delivery professionals in Singapore is dedicated to supporting you throughout your pregnancy journey.

Schedule a consultation for your first pregnancy check-up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it’s recommended to have a pre-pregnancy check-up if you’re planning to conceive. A pre-pregnancy check-up ensures that your body is ready to support a pregnancy, allowing you to identify and manage potential issues that may impact the pregnancy and the baby’s health.

Expectant mothers should go for a pregnancy check-up once a month between weeks 4 and 28 of pregnancy. The first check-up is typically scheduled around 8 weeks after the last menstrual period or as soon as pregnancy is suspected. 

You can check and confirm your pregnancy by purchasing an over-the-counter pregnancy test kit at major retail pharmacies or by contacting your doctor at SWC Medical Group.

The main difference between a natural birth and a C-section is the delivery method: natural birth is vaginal, while a C-section involves surgery. The primary distinction is in the delivery process.

Warning signs of potential complications during pregnancy include vaginal bleeding, severe abdominal pain, sudden swelling of the hands or face, severe headaches, vision changes, reduced fetal movement, and signs of preterm labour, such as regular contractions before 37 weeks. Under these circumstances, go to the hospital immediately.

The timeline for resuming normal activities after childbirth can be different for each woman. Generally, women can start gradually increasing activity levels within a few weeks after childbirth, but it’s essential to listen to your body and follow your doctor’s guidance.

Our Specialists

Our obstetrics and gynaecology specialists have years of experience in providing checkups and treatments for women of various ages, backgrounds and health conditions. 

Dr Ben Choey Wei Yen

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Chang Tou Choong

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr Chua Kah Mui Eunice

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fertility

Dr Geraldine Tan Pei Lin

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Koh Cheng Huat

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Gynae-oncology

Dr Loke Kah Leong

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Paul Tseng Seng Loke

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fertility, Urogynaecology

Dr Phua Soo Mear

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Serene Lim

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fertility 

Dr Shilla Mariah Yussof

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Tan Guek Cheng Madeleine

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Tan Wee Khin

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

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