During pregnancy

When you have a positive pregnancy test you should make an appointment with a community midwife. You can find out how to do this at your local health centre. The care you receive during your pregnancy is called antenatal care.

In the meantime, get off to a good start by:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet- please refer to our nutrition section for further information and advice.
  • Taking a 400mcg folic acid supplement – this is available on prescription.
  • Stop smoking, taking illegal drugs and/or drinking alcohol - please refer to our smoking section, alcohol and drugs section and alcohol misuse services section for further advice.
  • Take regular moderate exercise such as walking or swimming.  Please refer to the Active Pregnancy Programme for Expecting Mums leaflet
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Find some time each week to do something which you enjoy, which will improve your mood and help you to relax.
  • Let family and friends help you with housework, shopping etc.
  • Make a list of things you would like to ask the midwife.
  • Discuss any worries or concerns you have with your family or GP particularly if you have a medical condition or you are taking any prescribed medication.


Page last updated:13 June 2018