Your first appointment with the midwife is changing, this appointment can now be done from the comfort of your home via telephone or by using the Near me – the NHS virtual consultation service.
If you’re pregnant and want to continue with the pregnancy, you should contact the booking bureau to commence your antenatal care. Your first appointment (pre-booking) should be 8-10 weeks.
Monday – Friday 8.15am – 12.30pm
Phone: 01324 567146
Ask for a booking appointment with the midwife.
During the pre-booking appointment your midwife will take your medical, social and pregnancy history and make a plan for your antenatal care. She will then organize a further appointment for your first scan which will confirm your due date; this scan usually takes place between 11-13 weeks.
BadgerNet Electronic Maternity Notes
Once you have had your pre-booking appointment an electronic record of your pregnancy will be generated.
Pregnant women in Forth Valley can access a summary of their pregnancy notes through their PC, tablet, or mobile phone. Before you register online your midwife will provide you with a security phrase and record your contact details, including email address and phone number.
Once you have been issued a security phrase visit www.pregnotes.net to register or download the Maternity Notes by BadgerNet app from the app store. When registering your online account with your email address and given security phrase you will be sent a security code to activate your account.
Advice for Pregnancy
From how to stay healthy during pregnancy through to bonding with your new baby, Ready Steady Baby guides you through your pregnancy. The expert advice and guidance on offer includes how to look after your health during pregnancy
It is important to look after your health before and during pregnancy. This includes having a good diet, maintaining a healthy weight and staying smoke free.
Folic Acid and Vitamin D
It is recommended that pregnant women take a supplement of folic acid prior to conception and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects to the baby. You may need to take the higher dose of 5mg if you have a BMI over 30, have diabetes, coeliac disease, or have a family history of neural tube defects.
It is also recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women take a vitamin D supplement.
Read more about Vitamin D
Vaccinations in Pregnancy
It is recommended that between October and March pregnant women have a seasonal flu vaccination.
It is also recommended that you have a pertussis vaccination between 16 and 32 weeks to help protect your baby from whooping cough, this is available throughout the year.
Additional Support During Pregnancy
Not all problems in pregnancy are related to your developing pregnancy. You may be experiencing other issues which may require additional support. Don’t be afraid to say, your information is confidential and would only be shared with your consent.
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