PRE PREGNANCY and ANTENATAL ADVICE
Want to have a healthy baby?
- Stop Smoking [You and your partner]
- Avoid alcohol [You and your partner].
- Take folic acid for 12 weeks before pregnancy- this has been shown to decrease the risk of Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida
–5mg daily if there is a family history
of the above
- Healthy balanced diet including
-5 portions of fruit/vegetables [ portion = apple,
1 glass orange juice, ½ cup peas etc
-Iron rich foods [red meat, spinach, broccoli etc]
-Calcium rich food [dairy products, soya foods ]
5. Vitamin D -During pregnancy and while breast feeding it is necessary to take Vitamin D 10mcg [microgrammes] daily. These can be bought from the chemist or obtained though ‘Healthy Start’ scheme if eligible [i.e.-under 18 or on income support, income based jobseeker’s allowance, income related emloyment and support allowance or child tax credit]. Tel : 0845 607 6823 to ask for an application form or check with your Health Visitor/Midwife
- Check with your GP to see if you are Rubella immune [this may involve a blood test] and vaccination if you are non-immune but is important as getting the disease during pregnancy can be dangerous to your baby.
- If you have concerns about inherited conditions talk to your GP about referral to Geneticist or Specialist.
- If you have a chronic illness see your GP for advice
- DO NOT take illegal substances or abuse solvents
- Avoid all medications unless prescribed by a doctor
- Continue to take folic acid for first 3 months of pregnancy
- Avoid certain foods e.g. pate, soft cheese, chilled precooked products such as chicken [freshly cooked is ok], liver, peanuts, raw eggs and rare or uncooked meats].
- Take some gentle daily exercise e.g. walking, swimming etc
- Cut down on stress if possible.
What to do next
- Make an appointment with your GP within 2-3 weeks.
- The doctor will make a referral to the hospital and care will be shared between them recent guidelines recommend
see your GP at 25, 31 36,38 weeks
Hospital at 12, 20-22 (scan) 28, 34, 41 41 weeks
- You can come to the Midwife ledAntenatal clinic in Cornmarket on a Friday by making an appointment at reception.
- If this doesn’t suit you can make an appointment to see your GP in the usual way
- You are also welcome to contact your Health Visitor during your pregnancy to arrange a home visit
- It is important to attend parent-craft classes if you can.
IMPORTANT -Vaccinations in Pregnancy
- Flu vaccine is reccommended in early pregnancy as some flu virus is particularly dangerous to mother and baby
- Whooping cough vaccine from 28-32 weeks –this is to boost the baby’s immunity in those first few weeks of life.
Who looks after me?
- Midwife Catherine McAlinden [team leader],Deirdre Cunningham, Paula Craven, Phil Mulholland.
- Health Visitor [Newry]- Catherine O’Riordan
- Health Visitor [Camlough]- Carmel McLoughlin
How do I contact them?
- Midwife-Friday Antenatal Clinic [by appointment]
-or ring Daisy Hill Community Midwives at
tel.028 30835000 ext 2235 9-10am Mon-Friday
- Health Visitor- Tuesday 9.30-11am, Cornmarket Surgery
-Wednesday 9.30-11am Camlough Medical Centre
-Or ring Catherine at tel. 028 30834238 and
Carmel tel. 028 30830291
AFTER MY BABY IS BORN
- Your Midwife will visit you during the first 10 days
- Your Health Visitor will look after you and your baby and will contact you around Day 14 and can also be contacted by phone
THE WELL BABY CLINIC
- At this clinic your GP and Health Visitor are present
- Immunizations and special examinations are carried out
- You will be sent appointments for these provided you have remembered to register your baby with a doctor
- The programme includes newborn examination, agreed screening procedures, support as needed in the first weeks with particular regard to breast feeding, review at 6-8 weeks, provision of health promotion advice, the national immunisation programme, weighing when the baby attends for immunisation and reviews at 8 or 12 months, 24 months and between 3 and 4 years. However, it is expected that staff take a flexible approach to the latter three reviews according to the family's needs and wishes, and face to face contact may not be necessary for all families.
- These are important examinations as they check your childs normal development including weight, height, hearing, vision etc
- Immunizations are carried out at -8 weeks
- If you are having problems with feeding etc you can also bring the baby without an appointment
- DO NOT BRING YOUR BABY IF YOU THINK THEY MAY BE ILL- THIS COULD CAUSE SERIOUS HARM TO BABIES GETTING THEIR VACCINATIONS
- Sick babies can be seen every day as an urgent appointment- contact the receptionist to arrange this
WHEN ARE THE WELL BABY CLINICS?
- Cornmarket-Tuesday 9.30-11am
- Camlough-Wednesday 9.30 11am
DON’T FORGET YOURSELF!
- The Health Visitor is there to help you as well as the baby and will be glad to help you with any problems
- You should make an appointment to see the doctor for your Postnatal check at 6 weeks
- This can also take place at the Tuesday morning Antenatal clinic
- At your 6 week check you may want advice on
contraception, pelvic floor exercises, cervical smears etc
- Dr O’Reilly can give you advice on coils and fitting, please ring her directly to arrange a suitable appointment
–tel. 30261236 Mon, Wed, Friday betweem 11.30 and 12pm
- If you are due a cervical smear this will need to be carried out after 10 weeks as this can affect the results