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Prenatal check-up

Statutory prenatal care includes a detailed consultation in which your doctor asks you about personal and family illnesses, your current condition 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 issues the maternity record. In this, all data that are important for pregnancy and birth are noted.

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

Other services include an ultrasound examination in the first, second and third trimester 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 passport (issued at the initial examination)

What are the fees?

None. Services that go beyond adequate, appropriate 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 Equality

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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