Pregnancy & Maternity
Congratulations on your pregnancy! You don't need to see your GP when you get pregnant, although we are always happy to speak to you if you have any queries.
Registering with a Midwife
Please complete our midwife/antenatal self-referral form to register for your initial Midwife appointment.
Keeping well in pregnancy
The NHS website has lots of good advice for keeping well in pregnancy. To find out more visit the website.
For women planning a pregnancy and those who are pregnant 400micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day is recommended to reduce the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect. This is widely available from pharmacies and supermarkets. If you want to get your folic acid from a multivitamin, make sure it is suitable for pregnancy and that the tablet doesn't contain vitamin A (retinol). If you have a family history of spina bifida (or any neural tube defect), cleft lip/palate or if you are over 40 years old, please contact the surgery as you may need a prescription for a higher dose of folic acid.
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones and teeth. Our bodies naturally make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to summer sunlight. Vitamin D can also be found in some foods and some fortified cereals. Whilst pregnant your body needs extra vitamin D to be able to provide baby with enough vitamin D for their first few months of life. It is recommended that all pregnant and breastfeeding women take 10mcg per day of vitamin D. Again, this is widely available from pharmacies and supermarket. Many women take a pregnancy-specific multivitamin during pregnancy which contains appropriate levels of folic acid and vitamin D, amongst other supplements that are safe in pregnancy.
Please note: Supplements should not replace a varied healthy diet & are available to buy over the counter
Further information about vitamins and supplements in pregnancy can be found here.
You may be eligible for free vitamins through the Healthy Start scheme - for more information visit NHS website.