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Preparing for Pregnancy
There are certain foods to avoid during pregnancy and when you are
trying to conceive.
- Raw or partly cooked eggs
- Mould-ripened soft cheeses like brie, and blue veined cheeses like
- Liver - too much vitamin A can harm the baby
- Shark, swordfish and mantis
- Limited amount of tuna
Pregnant women can become low in Iron, so when
you're trying to get pregnant itís a good idea
to choose plenty of iron-rich foods to build up your iron stores. Try to
have some food or drink containing Vitamin C, such as a glass of fruit
juice, at the same time as an iron-rich meal
because this will help your body to absorb the iron.
Good sources of iron
- Red meat
- Green vegetables
- Fortified breakfast cereal
Also, you are advised not to eat large amounts of peanuts, to reduce
the chance of the baby developing a peanut allergy. You shouldnít eat
more than two cans of tuna (or equivalent) a week either.
Otherwise you should eat a normal healthy diet with plenty of
fruit and vegetables. Cook all meat and poultry thoroughly and wash
fruits and vegetables.
This is a vitamin which is very important for the development of the
babyís spinal cord and brain. You should take a 400micrograms tablet every day
from when you start trying for a baby and carry on until you are 12
weeks pregnant. You can get these tablets from any chemist.
Folic acid has been shown to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such
as spina bifida. If you want to get your folic acid from a multi-vitamin
tablet, make sure it contains the right amount. Remember that if you
take more than one multi-vitamin tablet, you could overdose on the other
vitamins they contain. If you have
already had a pregnancy affected by a neutral tube defect, consult your
GP for advice.
This is an excellent time to stop smoking. If you stop, you are more
likely to have a healthier pregnancy and healthy baby. The baby is less
likely to be born too early or underweight. Children whose parents smoke
are more likely to have chest problems. You can get help to stop smoking
from New Leaf - call 0800 783 7369
Heavy drinking can harm the babyís development. You are advised to stick
to one or two units once or twice a week.
If you catch Rubella (or German Measles) while pregnant it can cause
various problems for the baby. Most women have been vaccinated against
it as children - a blood test can tell if you are immune. Ask to have
the blood test before you conceive if possible, but if not it will be
done early on in your pregnancy. If your not immune you should be
vaccinated before pregnancy.
Using illegal drugs can harm your baby. Tell your doctor or midwife and
they can refer you for help coming off the drugs.
If you or your partner, or a relative, has any condition which you
inherited, or arenít sure about (examples include Cystic Fibrosis,
Haemophilia, Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia) talk to your doctor.
Your General Health
If you have an existing medical problem such as diabetes or epilepsy, or
take regular medication, talk to your doctor - ideally before you are
pregnant or as soon as you find out.
Where can I get more information?
If you would like more information on planning a pregnancy, speak to
your GP or Health visitor, or contact your local health promotion unit.
You can find out more about food at
Congratulations on the news of your pregnancy
Labour Ward 01623 672244
Millview Surgery (including out of hours
GP) 01623 649528
Dukeries Centre - Kings Mill Hospital 01623 622515
NHS Direct 0845 4647
Appointments with the midwife
The first appointment with the midwife is usually at around 10 weeks.
The first appointment is always longer than the other appointments,
lasting approximately 45 minutes. At this appointment the midwife goes
through various things such as past medical history, families medical
history. Routine tests will be carried
out including blood tests, blood pressure, weight, height and urine
testing - all these will be discussed at your appointment.
What is the midwife's role?
The midwife has been specially trained to care for mothers and babies
throughout normal pregnancy, labour and birth.
A midwife usually works either in a hospital, a midwifery unit or is
attached to a GP practice. Midwives are involved in giving antenatal
care, attending home births and delivering babies in hospital or
GP/midwife units. She will continue to look after the mother and baby at
Other people who will be involved in your care:
You will see the GP for some of your antenatal appointments;
they work with your midwife to plan your antenatal care.
The Health visitor is a nurse with extra training in caring for children
and families. One will visit you at home sometimes after your baby is 10
days old. She provides information about feeding, and support and advice
about your familyís health.
An Obstetrician is a doctor who specialises in
pregnancy, labour and birth, with a special expertise in dealing with
complications. If any problems arise
during your pregnancy your midwife or doctor will refer you.
My name is Kay Weaver and I am going to be your named midwife looking
after you and your baby throughout your pregnancy and for up to twenty
eight days following your delivery.
The main aim of our first meeting , known as the 'Booking
visit' is so that we can be introduced. You
may or may not wish to bring your partner, a friend or relative with you
at this appointment.
It is also important for us to ascertain information about your social,
family, medical, surgical and previous obstetric history so that
together we can decide which options of antenatal care will be best for
you. Please consider where you want to have your
baby, otherwise we will discuss this at your
A home visit will be arranged giving us the opportunity to meet other
family members and complete the remaining paperwork.
If you have not commenced folic acid therapy, it is important that you
do so immediately. If you are less than 12 weeks'
pregnant the receptionist can arrange a prescription for you if needed.
Any old Co-op cards or previous record of pregnancy in your possession
would be helpful if you have them available.
We can offer updated advice regarding diet, exercise etc.
It is important that you attend appointments and if you are unable to
attend please inform the receptionist so that an alternative date can be
We will check your cervical smear status at your booking appointment. If
it is due this will be postponed until your postnatal check.
You should start or continue a non-strenuous exercise regime that you
can maintain during and after pregnancy. This will cut down on aches and
pains as well as help with your labour and birth.
We look forward to seeing you soon.