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Antenatal Care

27158728 s wavebreakIf you are planning to become pregnant there are some things you can do to enhance the chances of having a safe and normal pregnancy and healthy baby at the end of it.  Below is advice to be followed before conception (Pre-Conception).

 

PRECONCEPTION

  • Rubella (German Measles) can cause damage to the unborn child.  If you have not had a vaccination against Rubella (German Measles) at school, see one of our nurses or doctors about a simple blood test. You can then have the vaccination if you are not protected. We advise that you do not conceive for three months afterwards

  • Folic acid is useful in minimizing the risk of your baby being born with Spina Bifida or neural tube defects.  Folic acid is available over the counter from the local pharmacist and should be taken in a dose of 400 micrograms daily before conception and continued during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Medication - prescribed or "herbal" tablets that you are taking may be harmful to your baby. Seek advice from the prescriber of the medication or the pharmacist if you are in any doubt.


POST CONCEPTION

  • Smoking harms unborn babies.  If you or your partner smoke DO STOP.  We run a "Smoke Stop" clinic to help. Smoking affects your baby's growth and development and can cause health problems later in their life.

  • Alcohol may be harmful to your baby, especially during the first three months of pregnancy. For those who do drink, the more alcohol taken, the greater the risk.

  • Regular Exercise and balanced diet of plenty of vegetables and fruit is good for your pregnancy. Keep away from too many cakes and biscuits - there is no need to "eat for two".

  • Having Sex during pregnancy is quite safe although some women find it uncomfortable during the later stages.

  • Antenatal Clinics are run by our doctors and midwives to monitor the growth of your baby and your pregnancy and answer any of your questions.

  • Parent craft Classes are run locally, please see the health visitor or the midwife.


POSTNATAL CHECK

  • Early discharge from hospital may mean that your baby has not had an initial examination. If this is the case then book an appointment with the doctor who was providing your antenatal care and he or she will do the check.

  • 8 weeks after the delivery of your baby. Please make a special appointment with your doctor for your postnatal and the baby's first development check. This will take place in normal surgery times, but please tell the receptionist what the appointment is for.

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