Your pregnancy

We recognise that everyone’s pregnancy journey is different.  Finding out that you are pregnant can be an overwhelming experience and it is normal to feel a range of emotions – we are here to support you.

Below are some of the key things to consider after finding out you’re pregnant.

Book your care

When you find out you are pregnant, you should contact your GP or local children’s centre to book your first appointment with a midwife, ideally before 6-8 weeks.

We also recommend that you book your care with us using our online booking form.

We will support you throughout your pregnancy. In these pages you can find out more about your pregnancy appointments, screening and testing during pregnancy and vaccinations in pregnancy.

Vitamins advice

It is recommended that all pregnant women take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day.  Ideally you should take this from before you are pregnant until you are 12 weeks pregnant.

The Department of Health also recommends that all adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, need 10 micrograms (10mcg) of vitamin D a day, and should take a supplement containing this amount.

Parent education sessions

We offer a range of free parent education sessions. All first time parents are offered a session to give you practical information, advice and support as well as the opportunity to meet with other expectant parents from your area.

We also offer sessions on waterbirths, homebirths and multiple births.

Pregnancy advice

There is lots of information available for pregnant women online.  It can be difficult to know what is and what isn’t good advice.  For this reason we advise using websites that are endorsed by the NHS or national charities.

For information throughout pregnancy we recommend using the NHS Choices website which has lots of useful information about common pregnancy symptoms you may experience and information on how your pregnancy and baby will develop week by week.

We have also provided information about potential complications, baby movements, multiple pregnancies and breech.

If you have any concerns during pregnancy please contact your midwife or maternity triage for advice.