Preparing for your pregnancy

Preparing for your pregnancy image Everyone can benefit from making sure they are as healthy as possible before getting pregnant. See the below advice and resources to learn more. 

Some women may benefit from pre-pregnancy counselling with one of our consultants or specialist teams, to prepared an individualised care plan for your pregnancy journey. This may apply to you if you: 

  • Have a medical condition such as diabetes, a kidney or heart problem
  • Had complications in a previous pregnancy
  • Are very overweight (BMI ≧ 50)

Please ask your GP to refer you to one of our consultants.

If you are having difficulty becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about referral to our fertility services

Below are some useful links and resources you might find useful during your pregnancy journey
When What
Prebooking appointmen

Appointments and scans videos:

How a baby develops during pregnancy:

Screening Leaflet:[1].pdf  This is available in several languages therefore please print and send appropriate version /  make the woman aware available electronically in different languages

Choices Leaflet:

Personalised Care Plan leaflet:

Your dating scan:

Emotional wellbeing:

Smoking in pregnancy:

Alcohol in Pregnancy:

Vitamins and supplements in pregnancy:

Exercise and pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy:

Infant Feeding:

Information for dads/partners:

GDPR and your data:
12 Weeks

Your baby at 12 weeks:

Baby Buddy App:


Weight management:


BBC Tiny Happy People:


Infant Feeding Leaflets:
16 weeks

Your baby at 16 weeks:

Smoking video:





You and your partner videos:

18 weeks

Your baby at 18 weeks:

Big Little Moments:

Anomaly Scan:

Information on paternal mental health:

Infant Feeding:

Healthy Lifestyle message videos:
20 weeks

Your baby at 20 weeks:



Exercise and pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy:

Healthy eating in pregnancy:

Skin to Skin contact:

Rights at work video:
22 Weeks

Your baby at 22 weeks:

Mental health

Choices Leaflet:

Different types of birth:
24 Weeks

Your baby at 24 weeks:

Problems and warning signs:

Smoking in pregnancy video:

Pelvic floor exercises:

Being overweight in pregnancy:
26 Weeks

Your baby at 26 weeks:



30 Weeks

Offer and book MSW home visit between 33-36 weeks

Your baby at 30 weeks:

Problems and warning sign videos:

Baby Blues and postnatal depression:
32 Weeks

Your baby at 32 weeks:

Preparing for birth videos:

Use of water in labour leaflet:

Breastfeeding videos:

Positioning and attachment video:

Attaching baby at the breast:

How to express:

33-36 Weeks MSW Home visit: discuss what to pack; mother’s guide leaflet; contact numbers; partners visiting/restrictions; offer smoking and weight management re-referral
35 Week

Your baby at 35 weeks:

Problems and warning signs videos:

Reducing your risk of perineal tears:

Coping with the latent phase of labour:

Your mental health videos:

Emotions after childbirth leaflet:

Infant feeding leaflets:

Bottle feeding videos:

Screening tests for baby: and leaflets (in various languages to download:

Baby Check – is your baby really ill?:
37 Weeks

Information about the postnatal visiting schedule

Your baby at 37 weeks:

Problems and warning signs videos:

You and your partner videos:

Pre-labour spontaneous rupture of membranes leaflet:

39 Weeks

Your baby at 38 weeks:

Problems and warning signs videos;

Baby Blues:
40 Weeks

Your baby at 40 weeks:

Problems and warning sign videos:

Outpatient IOL leaflet:

Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health:

Baby Check – is your baby really ill?:
41 Weeks

Your baby at 41 weeks:

42 weeks

Your baby at 42 weeks: