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Do you think that you are pregnant?

Have you had a positive home pregnancy test? Congratulations!

The next step is to contact your GP and our Booking Coordinator on 01945 469259. You will be contacted with an appointment, the booking should be done by the time you are 8-10 weeks pregnant. In the meantime there is some important information you should know.

If you are not already taking a folic acid supplement you should start taking this straight away (400mcg/day). This should ideally be started three months before getting pregnant and continued for the first 12 weeks. This will help to protect against certain rare abnormalities.

Food hygiene and food-acquired infections: We advise you only to drink pasteurised milk. Avoid cheeses such as camembert, brie and blue vein cheese. Avoid all pates, uncooked or undercooked ready prepared meals. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/healthy-pregnancy-diet/

Diet: Having a healthy and nutritious diet in pregnant is really important as your baby relies on your to provide the right balance of nutrients to help them grow and develop.

Smoking: Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. Harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, and other damaging chemicals will clear from your body. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/smoking-pregnant/ to find out the benefits to you and your baby when you stop smoking.

Alcohol: Itís safer not to drink any alcohol if youíre pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, because it can damage your growing baby. By not drinking, you are protecting your baby and minimising the risks to their development and future health.

Medication: Before taking any medicine when you're pregnant, including painkillers, check with your pharmacist, midwife or GP that it's suitable. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/medicines-in-pregnancy/

Exercise: The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pregnancy-exercise/

Useful Contacts:

  • Antenatal Clinic 01553 613866

  • Antenatal Screening Team 01553 613840

  • Castleacre Ward 01553 613710

  • Centeral Delivery Suite 01553 613720

  • Day Assessment Unit  01553 613904

  • Maternity Notes support - 01553 214777

  • Booking Coordinator - 01945 469259

  • Waterlily - Midwife Led Birthing Unit 01553 214635

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