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.

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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 make a routine GP appointment to ensure your dating scan can be requested and your basic medical history is reviewed.

Prior to your dating scan you will also need a Phlebotomy appointment for your first set of antenatal blood tests and your first(or ‘booking’) Midwife appointment (lasts approx. 1 hour).

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.