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Pregnancy is a time of excitement and change.

We want you to enjoy your pregnancy and feel prepared to become a parent.

There a huge number of pregnancy available to you, both on the internet and in books and magazines. Along with things you hear from friends, family and TV you will probably experience information overload!



NHS Choices

One very useful website that we recommend you access is called NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/mypregnancy.

It contains all you need to know to have a healthy and happy pregnancy, and will help you to get the care that is right for you. Every pregnancy is different therefore it is important that you become involved in the decisions that affect you and your baby. This website will provide you with a pregnancy planning toolkit.


First Steps

As soon as you know you are pregnant you should get it touch with your local midwife or your family GP who will organize your antenatal care. If you wish to see your midwife first you can ask to make an appointment at your local GP surgery or contact the St Peter’s Hospital antenatal clinic on 01932 722388 who will be able to pass on your details to your community midwife.

The majority of women who are fit and healthy before they become pregnant will continue to be so in their pregnancies. These pregnancies are sometimes described as ‘low risk’ and will be cared for by midwives. Midwives are specialists who are trained to give total care, advice and support to mothers and babies from the time of a positive pregnancy test, through birth, to the time the newborn baby is one month old. Midwives can also arrange for any tests they feel are necessary to monitor the well being of your pregnancy, for example blood tests, and ultrasound scans.