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Your First Trimester

As soon as you know you are pregnant, see your GP or self-refer to the provider of your choice. You should receive your booking appointment before ten weeks. Your journey will start with an initial discussion of care and place of birth.



Information

There are foods you should avoid when you are pregnant, visit www.nhs.uk for the latest guidance.

Medical Care

Routine Blood Tests
Ultrasound Scan (12 weeks)

You will also have the option to find out the gender of your baby should you wish to.

Looking After Yourself

Always check with your GP, pharmacist or midwife before you take any medicine

Visit www.Start4life for tips on keeping yourself well during pregnancy


Your Second Trimester

Ask your midwife for a MAT B1 certificate (after 20 weeks). This confirms your pregnancy for your employer. Book your antenatal classes - your midwife will give you details.



Information

If you are out of work or on a lowincome visit www.gov.uk to see what benefits you are entitled to.

Medical Care

Routine Blood Tests
Ultrasound Scan (20 weeks)

You will also have the option to find out the gender of your baby should you wish to.

Looking After Yourself

You will be offered the following services:

  • Whooping cough vaccination
  • Seasonal flu vaccination
  • Oral glucose tolerance test for women at risk of gestational diabetes
  • Screening for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B
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Your Third Trimester

To prepare your birth plan you midwife will have a personal discussion with you and will give you the information you need about your choices.



Information

Please visit www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights for more information on your rights including maternity leave.

Medical Care

Scans, screening and tests for your baby, and routine blood tests for you. Anti D treatment if you are rhesus negative.

Looking After Yourself

Visit www.nhs.uk to get advice on common health problems during pregnancy.


After Giving Birth

Shortly after your baby is born you will be given a personal child health record (PCHB), also known as the red book. This may be in an electronic format that is currently being rolled out across areas of England.



Information

Shortly after your baby is born you will be given a personal child health record (PCHB), also known as the red book. This may be in an electronic format that is currently being rolled out across areas of England

Medical Care

Vitamin K
Physical Examination
BCG vaccination

Your baby will also be given a more detailed examination after 72 hours

Looking After Yourself

You will be see nat your home by a midwife after which, a health visitor will visit you at your home to help you, your family and your new baby stay healthy.

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Post-natal care

Register the birth of your baby within 42 days - visit www.gov.uk for details.



Information

If you were due for a cervical screening test while pregnant, this should be rescheduled for at least 12 weeks after the birth.

Medical Care

A heel prick test which tests your baby’s blood for nine rare, but serious health conditions.

A hearing screening will also be carried out if you had your baby at home. If you had your baby in a birth centre or hospital, this will be arranged for you after the birth.