Pre-natal care: Before you get pregnant

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For the best outcomes during pregnancy you should be thinking about yours and your partners health and wellbeing before you are pregnant.

To support the the best possible outcomes for future pregnancies that we may care for, we are delighted to be able to provide the Preparing for Pregnancy class.

This class will highlight how both you and your partner can take steps to improve your health before pregnancy, and includes information about:

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Nutrition
  • Immunisations and infections
  • Environmental factors
  • Medical conditions and medications
  • Identifying the best time in your monthly cycle to conceive.

Click here to access a helpful tool that has been designed by the charity Tommy’s to help you plan and improve the health of any future pregnancy and child.

A tour of the maternity unit is included in the class to prepare you for what you might expect when you are expecting.

The class is run by Claire Edney, a registered Midwife working in the community here at Royal Surrey County Hospital. Claire has always had special interest in optimising health immediately before pregnancy recognising that it was vital for the wellbeing of mothers and their babies.

This developing field has also shown the importance of pre-conception health for men, as well as for women who are overweight, obese or have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes or epilepsy; gaining optimal health and nutrition before conception is regularly shown to improve pregnancy outcomes for both mums and babies.

This class is free, there is no need to book.

The class is held in the Parentcraft room at the back of the Antenatal Clinic, Level B, Royal Surrey County Hospital.

For more information about this class or to find out dates then please visit the facebook page, or email Belinda O'Connor on belindao'connor@nhs.net. or tel: 01483 571122 Ext 4706.

Royal Surrey Charity