First Trimester
(up to 12 weeks)

  • Register with Best Beginnings through Fraser Health's Pregnancy and Baby Health Guide.
  • Start a prenatal vitamin, ideally 3 months prior to conception, if not, once your pregnancy is confirmed.
  • Book your first prenatal visit. During your first visit, we will get to know each other and you will have the chance to let us know about your preferences and any questions or concerns you might have. We will also provide you with important information about what to expect over the next few months.
  • Your second visit will occur at 2 weeks, at which point we will conduct a physical exam. You will have appointments with us every 4 weeks during the remainder of the first trimester.
  • You will be scheduled for a dating ultrasound ideally between 8-10 weeks. Around this time, you will also be sent for routine blood tests and offered optional genetic screening for your pregnancy. To find out more, please visit Perinatal Services BC—Prenatal Genetic Screening Program.
  • Make sure to eat right and exercise.
  • We can help you develop a plan to stop smoking, if needed.

Second Trimester
(12 - 28 weeks)

  • You will have regular visits every 4 weeks during the second trimester.
  • At 24-26 weeks, you will be sent for glucose screening.
  • A detailed ultrasound will be scheduled at approximately 20 weeks.
  • Get any immunizations that might be needed at this time.
  • Track your weight gain and continue to exercise.
  • Look into childbirth and free breastfeeding classes through Fraser Health.
  • Let us know if you are having financial difficulty and are concerned about being able to provide for your baby.

Third Trimester
(28—40 weeks)

  • Between 30-36 weeks you will have an appointment every 2 weeks
  • Once over 36 weeks, you will have weekly appointments.
  • At approximately 36 weeks, you will have a Group B Strep (GBS) swab.
  • Keep track of fetal movement and make sure to let us know if anything changes.
  • Continue to watch your weight and exercise.
  • Take an online tour of the hospital: Langley Memorial Hospital Unit Tour Video.
  • Attend prenatal classes to learn about the stages of labor and your options for managing labor pain.
  • Pack your hospital bag.
  • Prepare for your baby’s first time at home.
  • If you do not have a family physician in Langley, please let us know and we will help you to find one.
  • At 40 weeks, if there are no concerns, we will plan to induce you at 40 weeks + 10 days. At approximately 41 weeks, you will have a stress test and ultrasound to ensure that you and your baby are still doing well

Labour & Birth

  • When you think you are in labour, or if you have any urgent concerns, you should contact the Langley Maternity Ward at 604-514-6034. When you call, the triage nurse will help you decide if you should come to the hospital.
  • Once at the hospital, the triage nurse will assess you and contact the on-call LMC physician who will care for you during your labour and delivery. The LMC physician will work with you to ensure you have the best birth experience possible.
  • Each labour and birth is unique. We work with you as a team, to help you make informed decisions throughout all the stages of childbirth.
  • After your baby is born, an LMC physician will see you and your baby daily until you are discharged from the hospital.