Antenatal and Postnatal Care

We have a midwife attached to our practice who carries out weekly clinics and makes home visits as appropriate. Should you think that you are pregnant then please confirm this either by home testing or by leaving in a sample of your early morning urine in a white topped urine bottle to be sent to the lab. You will need to make an appointment at early bird clinic.  An appointment can also be arranged with the midwife by contacting the surgery. Please note that if you have any chronic illness such as Diabetes, Epilepsy, Depression or Hypertension or are taking regular medications of any sort, that it is very important that you make an appointment with the Doctor prior to getting pregnant. Pre-conceptual counselling is important and your condition needs to be managed carefully. Medication may also need to be altered to avoid any potential harm to your baby.
For more detailed information and advice please click the link.http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Pregnancy-Planning-to-Become-Pregnant?.htm

Please note in all cases of pregnancy that you should try to take Folic Acid from at least 3 months prior to conception and until you are 12 weeks pregnant. Some people require a higher dose and if you are uncertain, then please enquire with the Doctor. Please try not to drink alcohol or smoke in the best interests of your baby’s health and do not eat unpasturised food products. If you require help with stopping smoking then please make an appointment with one of the nurses. Losing some weight prior to becoming pregnant can also be beneficial for both mother and baby and should you require advice regarding this then also make an appointment with the nurse.
For more detailed information on folic acid please clickhttp://www.patient.co.uk/health/Pregnancy-and-Folic-Acid.htm