General information

Trust your instincts

  • If in doubt, get checked out!
  • Be confident and report any concerns.
  • Ensure your concerns are acted upon
  • If worried about any aspect of your care, ask to speak to your Head of Midwifery

Keeping healthy

  • Attend all your antenatal appointments
  • Wash your hands before and after handling food
  • Avoid people with infections such as chickenpox and slapped cheek syndrome
  • Give up smoking
  • Stop drinking alcohol
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eat for you, not for two!
  • Stay active by joining a local exercise group or walk and talk with a friend

Foods to avoid

  • Soft mould-ripened and soft blue-veined cheeses
  • Raw or undercooked shellfish and meats (including dry cured meats)
  • Liver and products that contain liver such as pâté
  • Eggs that are not ‘British Lion Quality’ marked (including homemade mayonnaise)
  • Vitamin A supplements e.g. fish liver oils
  • Raw fruit and vegetables that haven’t been washed

Your baby's movements

From around 24 weeks your baby will start to develop its own regular pattern of movement.

Although a change in your baby’s movements could be nothing to worry about, it could also be a sign that your baby is unwell.

Don’t rely on home dopplers, hand-held monitors or phone apps to check your baby’s wellbeing. They don’t always give a true picture of your baby’s health.

Babies movements should not slow down towards the end of pregnancy. If your baby’s movements reduce again after your check up, call your maternity team, no matter how many times this happens

If you think your baby’s movements have changed, call your maternity unit straight away. You should be asked to go in for assessment

Things to ask your midwife

  • What services are available locally to help me stay active?
  • What can I do to reduce my chance of pregnancy complications?
  • How can I book my free flu and whooping cough jabs?
  • Can we discuss a birth plan?
  • What is delayed cord clamping?
  • What breastfeeding services are there?