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Pregnancy

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Women's bodies are made to produce babies and many women feel fine during pregnancy. Growing a baby is hard work and the body undergoes many changes to cope with this.

During the 9 months, the blood supply increases 40% to supply both mother and baby. This means the kidneys work harder and the need for oxygen increases. Thus, you might get breathless more easily and you will need to pace yourself as soon as you feel tired.

It is worth having a nap after work or going to bed early to make sure you get enough sleep. Try to have a regular 'quiet time' to allow you to relax and focus on the baby.

During your pregnancy, you are entitled to free dental treatment as pregnancy can soften the gums and make them more liable to infection. Try to see the dentist at least twice during your pregnancy.

Make sure that you maintain a healthy balanced diet and ensure you take plenty of regular, gentle exercise. Antenatal care is available to all mothers-to-be. It involves being seen by the midwife to check that all is well with mother and baby. The midwife will be able to provide advice and answer any queries you may have at these appointments. They are usually every four weeks until 28 or 30 weeks; every two weeks until 36 weeks; and every week after that, however it can vary from region to region.

Our Advice
  • Take folic acid tablets.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid over the counter medicines.
  • Make sure you take it easy and rest and relax when necessary.
  • Reduce alcohol intake to levels recommended by GP/Midwife.
  • Our pharmacist can provide advice on folic acid tablets and what medicines are suitable to take throughout the course of your pregnancy.
  • If you buy any medicines to take whilst you are pregnant you should check with the pharmacist before taking them.