Pregnancy advice and information
It is recommended that all pregnant women and people 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. Some women and people, including those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30, are advised to take 5mg a day. Calculate your BMI.
The Department of Health also recommends that all adults, including pregnant and breast/chest feeding women and people, need 10 micrograms (10mcg) of vitamin D a day, and should take a supplement containing this amount.
Find out more information about vitamins and nutrition, including details of the Healthy Start voucher scheme on the NHS website.
There is lots of information on this site about pregnancy and birth. You might want to take a look at information about screening in pregnancy and what to expect from each find out what to expect from each midwifery appointment during pregnancy before you meet your midwife.
Your personalised care plan
Download and complete a booklet for you to keep as a record of your thoughts and choices throughout your pregnancy:
- English version
- ARABIC version
- Lithuanian version
- Polish version
- Portuguese version
- Romanian version
Other useful links
#ReadyForPregnancy – the Sussex Health & Care Partnership.
To book your birth with us, complete and submit a self-referral form. Please allow 7 days for us to receive and process the referral.
Do not complete the form until you are at least 6 weeks pregnant or over.
The form on this page is for people wishing to have their baby either under the care of Royal Sussex County Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital in Hayward’s Heath.
If you are planning to have your baby under the care of Worthing Hospital or St Richard's Hospital (Chichester) please complete their referral form instead.
After completing the form, we will arrange your booking appointment with the Community Midwives, together with your scan appointment.
It is important that your first appointment with a midwife takes place by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant and is essential before attending your scan. Please note that the initial appointment may take place via the telephone.
We no longer use paper notes: With effect from 23/02/2021 please download the Badger Notes App:
or visit the website www.badgernotes.net