Antenatal Care

Antenatal care
Your midwife will discuss with you and help plan your Antenatal careNow you are pregnant ask your midwife about the range of maternity services that are available. Depending on your health and your baby’s health in pregnancy you may need information and advice to make an informed choice where to give birth. At all antenatal visits your partner, a relative or a friend is welcome to attend with you.

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How your baby develops
Your baby's brain develops at a rapid pace during the last three months of pregnancy and up to the first two years of life.  It is important to talk to your baby while you are pregnant as this helps develop a close loving relationship which lays the building blocks for growing into a secure, confident child and adult. Read about 'How your baby develops' from the day you conceive until you give birth, and 'Getting to know your baby'.

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Your health in pregnancy
A healthy diet and lifestyle can help you to keep well during pregnancy and give your baby the best start in life.  Your health in pregnancy provides useful information on diet and nutrition, exercise, alcohol, smoking, pills medicines and other drugs, infections, inherited conditions, work hazards, flying and travel.

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Help for young mums
If you are a young mum there are a range of services available to support you when you are pregnant and after you have had your baby. If you are under 20 the Family Nurse Partnership Programme is one of the support services available.  Ask your Midwife for information.

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Further information and support can be found in the useful links section.

Page last updated:01 September 2017