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Pregnancy

Congratulations you are pregnant

Once you find out you are pregnant you should:

  • Book into the maternity service using Maternity Direct, ensuring that you select the hospital of your choice, as soon as possible.
  • start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid per day to help prevent birth defects of your baby's brain and spinal cord. If you have diabetes, epilepsy or a raised body mass index (BMI) you will need a prescription for a higher dose per day. Please contact the surgery or your midwife for a prescription.
  • Start taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day to support bone and muscle development (between September and March only).
  • Plan to see a midwife as soon as possible, especially if you have any medical conditions.
  • If you smoke, now would be a good time to stop. Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. Even breathing in tobacco smoke from those who smoke around you can also affect the health of your baby so now would be a good time to stop. If you or your loved ones need help to stop smoking you can call the NHS Smoke-free advice line on 0300 123 1044.

Click here for more information on your pregnancy journey.

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