Pregnancy

When you find out you are pregnant you may have a number of questions and/or symptoms you wish to discuss. We invite you to book with the midwife at about 8 weeks gestation. If you have any medical questions you are welcome to see your GP too. 

We do host the midwifery service but this is completely seperate from your GP's care. You can self refer to book in with the midwife and once you have had your first appointment they will make follow up arrangements with you. We regret that we do not have access to make or change midwife appointments. 

Midwife Base (at Southmead Health Centre)

 

0117 950 7000 

 

The midwife co-ordinates your care for the pregnancy, including offering you screening blood tests and ultrasound scans. The GP and/or obstetrician will also be involved if you have any medical conditions which may affect your pregnancy. During your pregnancy you should continue to contact us in the normal way about any general heath concerns, you will be directed to see a GP rather than our advanced nurse practiioners. Please be aware if you are pregnant and this is not clear to us at the time of booking then the Nurse Pracitioner will need to arrange for you to be transferred to a GP. 

It is recommended to take vitamin D and folic acid supplements during pregnancy. Vitamin D is recommended throughout breastfeeding also, at a dose of 10mcg per day, it can be bought over the counter. Folic acid is recommended when trying to conceive until 12 weeks of pregnancy, at a dose of 400mcg per day (available over the counter) unless you have diabetes epilepsy or your BMI is over 30, in which case a prescription dose of 5mg per day is recommended.

A common area of concern is the use of medications in pregnancy. This website is a good place to start and contains an A-Z index by medication name or type. 

If you would like advice on pelvic floor exercises please click here

 

Baby Clinic

Drop in session time for baby clinic is as follows:

9.30am-11am Tuesdays,

Henleaze United Reform Church,

Waterford Rd.

 

Breastfeeding Counsellor

A breastfeeding councellor drop in session is currenty being trialled at:

9.30am - 12.30pm Wednesdays,

Badocks Wood Children centre