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Prenatal check-up

Statutory prenatal care includes a detailed consultation in which your doctor will ask you about personal and family illnesses, your current state of mind and your life situation. As part of the physical examination, weight and blood pressure are also measured, and a blood and urine sample is taken.

Following the initial examination, the doctor will issue the maternity record. In it, all the data that are important for pregnancy and birth are noted.

After the initial examination, further check-ups will initially take place at intervals of four weeks. In the last two months of pregnancy, the interval shortens to about two weeks. The doctor will check the child's heart sounds and your weight at each appointment. It also monitors the hemoglobin level of your blood. In the course of pregnancy, tests for hepatitis B infection (HBs antigen) and screening for gestational diabetes (glucose tolerance test) also follow.

Other services include an ultrasound examination in the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy and screening for gestational diabetes.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the respective health insurance company.

Which documents are required?

  • Electronic health card,
  • Maternity record (issued at the initial examination)

What are the fees?

None. Services that go beyond adequate, expedient and economical care are not paid for by the health insurance company.

Fee: free of charge


You can appeal against the decision of the health insurance company. If the objection is not remedied, you can file a complaint with the competent social court.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)