Planning a pregnancy
The NHS website has lots of advice if you are planning a pregnancy. Visit our Health A-Z pages and follow the links to the NHS website.
All women are encouraged to take folic acid supplements for 3 months before pregnancy and the first 3 months of pregnancy.
If you have a long term condition or take regular medication, it may be helpful to speak to your own GP before trying to conceive.
When you are pregnant
Please make an appointment with your own GP or a practice nurse as soon as possible once you have confirmed pregnancy with a test at home. Pregnancy tests can be purchased from the pharmacy or supermarket.
The next step is to refer you to the antenatal clinic. You have a choice of most of the local hospitals, but most people choose to have their care through the Royal London Hospital. This means you can have your midwife appointments at the practice and may have the option of having your baby at one of our midwife-led birth centres, like The Barkantine.
Your first ‘booking appointment’ will usually take place at The Barkantine and/or Royal London Hospital at around 11 weeks. The midwife will spend time to discuss your previous health and what to expect during your pregnancy.
The NHS website has information about the appointments, tests and immunisations you will be offered.
Care when you are pregnant
Women booked with the Royal London Hospital will usually see the midwife at the practice and attend the hospital for scans.
Please see our Contact Telephone Numbers page for advice on who to call if you have any problems during your pregnancy.