If you have a positive home pregnancy test, the first step is to self-refer to the Midwife by calling 0131 536 2009 (Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for an appointment. Or, if you are unsure about continuing with the pregnancy, you should book an appointment with your GP on 01875 610248 as soon as possible for advice and support.
At your first Midwife appointment at the surgery (usually on Wednesday afternoons) at around 8-10 weeks into your pregnancy, you will be asked detailed questions about your past medical history, family history and medications, and have blood tests taken. Following this, you will receive an appointment for your first scan that is usually done when you are around 12 weeks pregnant. This booking scan confirms the dates of pregnancy, and you will also have a later detailed scan at around 20 weeks that looks at your baby’s heart, kidneys, skull and spine.
You should be taking a supplement of Folic Acid (400 micrograms for most women) for the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, as this has been shown to reduce the risk of a malformation in the baby’s spinal cord called Spina Bifida. You may need a higher dose if you are Diabetic, on medication for Epilepsy, or have a previous or family history of problems related to Spina Bifida – please ask your Midwife or GP if you are unsure. You should also take Vitamin D (10mcg) throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. You should eat a healthy, balanced diet, and should avoid eating liver and pate, raw or partially cooked eggs, raw or uncooked meats, raw shellfish, unpasteurised milk and some types of cheese. It is best not to drink alcohol at all as it will reach and may harm your baby. Smoking harms you and your baby. If you need help to stop smoking during pregnancy, please phone 0800 848484.
Our Midwifery colleagues who work in teams in the community deliver the majority of antenatal care. Our local Midwife team visits the surgery every Wednesday afternoon, and can be contacted on 0131 446 4149 out with these hours. For further information about keeping you and your baby well during pregnancy, please click here.