You’re pregnant…..so what do you do now?
If you wish Southend Maternity Services to provide your care, you can now contact them direct without the need to see your GP. There are many health benefits for you and your baby if you access Maternity Care as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test.
The Pregnancy Booking Line can be accessed by calling 01702 385393 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please leave a short message with your full name and a contact telephone number. Please let us know if it is not convenient to return your call during working hours. A midwife will return your call within 5 working days to take some details of your medical history and any previous pregnancies. She will then pass your details to a Community Midwife who will contact you to make a plan for your antenatal care. This will involve an appointment at your home, ideally when you are around 7-10 weeks pregnant to discuss your birth options.
We recommend that you take Folic Acid 400mcg during the first 12 weeks and Vitamin D 10mcg daily throughout your pregnancy. If you take this in the form of a multivitamin make sure it does not include Vitamin A. Folic Acid and supplements may be available on prescription if you request from your surgery. You should avoid drinking alcohol and if you are a smoker, we advise you to stop. Finally, if you are taking any medication please seek advice from your GP.