Planning a Pregnancy or Pregnant?
From 1st July you can arrange an appointment with a midwife directly as soon as you know you are pregnant.
- This is in line with national guidance on maternity care aimed at ensuring quality and continuity.
- Remember, you do not need a doctor’s appointment if you want to book in to antenatal care.
- Patients can call the Midwifery team on 01491 826037
Planning a Pregnancy?
Woodlands' Partner Dr Natasha Pomery says - It’s never too early to start folic acid – it is currently recommended that women are taking daily folic acid from 3 months prior to conception and throughout the 1st trimester (1st 3 months) where possible.
If you are a smoker we strongly urge you to quit smoking prior to pregnancy.
Certain medications (bought ‘over-the-counter’ or prescribed by us) can be harmful in early pregnancy and others are relatively safe - if you are using any regular medicationyou may wish to take GP advice prior to conception.
Discovered you are pregnant?
Current guidelines recommend women take daily folic acid for the 1st trimester (1st 3months) and daily vitamin D supplements for the duration of the pregnancy – please ask your pharmacist and start as soon as possible. It is recommended to drink no alcohol.
If you are a smoker we strongly urge you (and your partner) to quit smoking as soon as possible.
Please contact the midwifery team on 01491 826037 to book your first midwife appointment.
If you are pregnant and this was unplanned, or is a cause for distress, please feel free to speak to a GP in confidence for further advice.
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