What should I do if I think I’m pregnant and live within the NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group area? If you think you're pregnant it’s vital you see a healthcare professional straight away. You can contact a midwife directly or a GP to make a free appointment.

The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy are the most important time of your baby’s development, so the earlier you are seen by a doctor or midwife, the sooner they can check everything is alright.

If you have an existing health problem (for example, diabetes, epilepsy, or a mental health issue) or if you have previously experience complications with pregnancy it’s even more important that you make an appointment. Your midwife or GP will talk confidentially with you about the pregnancy, and will discuss your choices for screening and pregnancy care.

You should receive your first antenatal appointment within two weeks of informing your GP or midwife that you are pregnant.

If you don’t, please make sure you phone your GP or midwife. Maternity services in Bexley - You can speak to your GP or contact:

•Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 020 8836 4522

•Princess Royal University Hospital, 01689 863 000

•Darent Valley Hospital, 01322 428 100

Things to start doing now

Eating fruit, vegetables and foods that contain iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamins are essential for your pregnancy; a growing baby needs these nutrients right from the start.

Things to stop

Smoking: the health and growth of your baby can be affected if you smoke and you are strongly advised to stop completely

Drinking alcohol: the best advice is to avoid drinking alcohol when you are pregnant

Drugs: all drugs can harm your baby.

Tell your GP or midwife as soon as possible about any drugs you are taking, including over the counter or prescribed medications or street drugs Contact Bexley CCG: http://www.bexleyccg.nhs.uk/Your-Services/Maternity%20choice

For more information about arranging an appointment with a midwife, please contact Maternity Choice Monday - Friday between 9am and 5pm on Tel: 0208 308 5490 or go to the South London Healthcare website.





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