Pregnancy

Maternity Care

If you are newly pregnant then we offer you our warmest congratulations!

Together with the local community midwives and the doctors and midwives at Treliske Hospital, we will support you through your Pregnancy. Our practice midwife is Becky Lee. She runs a weekly antenatal clinic on Wednesday afternoons.

If you are pregnant simply ring or come into the surgery and ask to make an appointment with Becky, preferably within 3 months of your last period. She will explain how often you will be seen after that and what tests (such as blood tests & scans of your unborn baby) are available.

Our Health Visitor will also get in touch with you and will visit you so that she can get to know you before the birth of your child.

Ante natal classes are run at Surestart in Lescudjack – check with Becky when the next course starts. There is also a drop in clinic on Thursdays 10-12 noon.

If you want to have your baby at home, discuss this with Becky. The nearest hospital delivery facilities are in Treliske Hospital in Truro. There is also a midwife run unit in Helston, which has a birthing pool.

If you think you may be pregnant and are using street drugs such as heroin then please ensure you tell the doctor or midwife straight away.

Contacting a midwife

The midwives and health visitors are based at West Cornwall Hospital:
Midwives: 01736 874180
In an emergency: 0800 525900
Delivery Suite (Treliske) 01872 252361
Health Visitors:01736 575511 / 575512

TOP 10 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

  1. Eat a balanced diet
    Try to eat a variety of the following: breads, cereals, rice, fruit, vegetables, milk and dairy foods, meat, fish, egg and pulses.
  2. Avoid certain foods
    Soft cheeses, pâté, soft boiled eggs, liver and liver based foods, undercooked meat.
  3. Take folic acid
    Folic acid can help reduce the risk of spina bifida. Take a supplement of at least 400 micrograms daily. Also eat more foods rich in folic acid such as broccoli, spinach, avocado, brussel sprouts, granary bread and marmite.
  4. Stop smoking
    Smoking during pregnancy is harmful to your baby and carries a higher risk of premature birth. Also avoid passive smoking.
  5. Avoid alcohol
    Limit your alcohol intake to 1 or 2 units per week. (1 unit = 1 small glass or wine, or ½ pint of lager or 1 measure of spirit or liqueur)
  6. Avoid taking over the counter medicines
    Speak to your midwife or doctor for advice
  7. Take time to relax
    Rest whenever you are able to and during the day when possible especially in the later months of your pregnancy.
  8. Take regular exercise
    Walking, swimming and yoga are all beneficial. Avoid strenuous exercise
  9. Be aware of the risk of toxoplasmosis
    A dangerous parasitic infection. Wear gloves when gardening. Avoid handling cat litter. Wash fruit and vegetables and cook meat thoroughly.
  10. Attend antenatal appointments regularly and parentcraft classes
    Antenatal appointments are important for regular health check ups throughout your pregnancy. Parentcraft classes are a good opportunity for mums-to-be and their partners to learn about pregnancy, labour, birth, relaxation exercises and baby-care.

 

Breastfeeding

If you are hoping to breast feed your baby or are undecided at present – discuss this with Becky or your doctor. We encourage all to mums to breastfeed if they can – it gives your baby the best start in life. The midwives run a breast feeding workshop antenatally, and will support you in establishing breast feeding.

For more information, visit: Breast Feeding Guide

Useful links

Baby Directory

Mother and Baby

First Time Parents

Home Births

Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal

The Miscarriage Association

Breast Feeding Guide

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