Antenatal Health Card (Helsekort for gravide)

When you attend your first check-up during your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will fill in an antenatal health card. This card is the same for everyone and should follow you throughout your pregnancy.

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What is an antenatal health card?

The antenatal health card is a medical record on paper and a link between you, the doctor, the midwife and the hospital. The card ensures that everyone receives the same information about you and your child's health, as well as any special needs you may have. You decide what information you wish to provide. 

During your pregnancy, you must take your card with you to all consultations and examinations with your GP, midwife, hospital and other healthcare services you come into contact with. You must also take your card to the maternity ward when you go there.

Tell your doctor/midwife if you lose your health card. If you forget to take it to a check-up, it is important that you make a note of any entries and information on the card later.

Mandatory information in the health card

The information given in the health card will be important for your pregnancy and birth. Information on the following must be filled in:

Mother and father/co-mother

  • Address
  • Marital status
  • Education
  • Profession
  • Place of work
  • Country background
  • Language
  • Name and phone number of your GP and midwife

If you are not married to the child's biological father, you should check the box to indicate whether a paternity declaration (in Norwegian) has been completed during the pregnancy.

Previous history

  • all previous pregnancies
  • births
  • spontaneous abortions

You may also be asked about the birth of your mother and/or sister, because there may be genetic links.

Past or present illnesses which could affect you and/or your child.

Conditions requiring extra support, such as

Conditions which the healthcare service wishes to assess, including

Your medication

  • including both over-the-counter and prescription medication
  • drug allergies

Your lifestyle

Your lifestyle choices, such as diet and dietary supplements, exercise, working conditions and use of

You will be asked about the number of cigarettes you smoke per day to determine the level of risk that this poses to you and your child.

Due date

Routine examinations and any needs regarding other tests

Various routine examinations and tests will be carried out during your pregnancy.

Measurements of you

Measurements of the fetus

Fetal diagnostics, including the fetus’s

  • heartbeat (fetal sound)
  • movements
  • how the fetus is lying/presented

Consultations

All examinations that you have during your pregnancy will be recorded, so that the midwife and other medical professionals know what kinds of treatment you have received. You should also note if you have been given guidance concerning breastfeeding and attended a course aimed at preparing you for childbirth/parenting.

Birth location and health centre

You will be allocated a place to have your baby, but you can apply for a different location if you wish. If you need the companion service, this should be noted. The health centre, where you will receive follow-up after you have had your baby, will also be noted.

Do you need extra follow-up?

​It is very important that you tell your midwife or doctor if you think you need more follow-up than is normally given. This could be due to social circumstances, such as

  • unemployment
  • need for financial support
  • language difficulties

or physical/mental circumstances, such as

  • illness
  • disability
  • experience of violence and/or past abuse
  • traumatic experiences from healthcare or previous pregnancy/childbirth

What do the abbreviations mean?

​The list below explains the meanings of some of the terms on your antenatal health card, but you do not need to know or understand these terms. Ask your midwife or doctor if you are unsure of anything.

Term

Meaning

AB0

Your blood type is recorded as: A, B, AB or O.

​ABU

​Asymptomatic bacteriuria, refers to levels of bacteria in the bladder and urine.

​​P/Alb

Protein/albumin (egg white) in urine.

BT

​Blood pressure.

​Ex. u.

​Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus).

​Ferritin

​Blood test which tells you your iron level.

Fl/min.

​Fetal heart rate (fetal heartbeat) per minute.

​Position

​How the fetus is presented or oriented. H/S/T/F/B are codes for the normal cephalic, breech, transverse (where the foetus is lying laterally) position of the fetus and whether the head has become engaged.

Glucose load

Test which shows how your body copes with the intake of a specific amount of sugar (glucose).

​Hb

​Haemoglobin count (blood count, test for possible anaemia).

​HIV

Test results fromHIV test.

​Medication -

​No regular medication.

​Medication +

Use of medication such as insulin for diabetics, Levaxin for those with low metabolism or anticoagulant (“blood-thinning”) medicines. Iron, vitamins and folate levels are sometimes also recorded here.

​MRSA

​Resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

​RH-D

Your blood type or that of the foetus may be Rh-positive or Rh-negative.

​Syphilis

​Syphilis sample. The date on which the sample was taken and the test result is recorded here.

​Symphysis-fundus measurement

​Assumed distance from the upper part of the pelvic bone to the top of the uterus. Stated in centimetres and noted on the diagram.​

​Due date

​Anticipated date of birth; one based on your menstrual cycle and one based on an ultrasound examination. Corrected due date will be the due date based on an ultrasound examination.

Week

How far you have progressed in your pregnancy. Stated in full weeks + days.

​Oedema

​Swelling caused by water accumulation in the body.

​+

​Traces found.

​-

​No findings.

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