Congratulations on your pregnancy!
As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, book to see a midwife. Your pregnancy will be treated confidentially and you will be told about your choices for antenatal care in the Lincolnshire area.
Pregnancy can be an exciting time, but also an anxious and emotional time. This is normal and your feelings may change throughout your pregnancy. Talk to your midwife they will be able to help you.
Patients can now self refer into ULHT’s maternity service.
What to do during the early stages of pregnancy
The hazards of smoking in pregnancy
If you are booked under consultant care then your antenatal appointments will be shared between your community midwife and the hospital. We also offer a comprehensive range of antenatal services in GP Surgeries and Children’s Centres and Maternity Hubs through our community midwifery service.
Multiple pregnancy: having more than one baby
Place of birth and birth preparations
1st, 2nd and 3rd stage of labour
Who to contact if you are concerned
A healthy lifestyle
A healthy diet is important if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow.
You don’t need to go on a special diet, but there are some foods and vitamin supplements it is important to avoid which can be found on the NHS website.
It’s best to get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, but when you’re pregnant you need to take a folic acid and Vitamin D supplement as well, to make sure you get everything you need.
You can read more about this on the NHS website
Monitoring your foetal movements is really important throughout pregnancy. Watch the video below to find out more about THINK BABY.
Feeding your baby: free online breastfeeding class/course
This free online breastfeeding course is really useful to prepare for feeding your baby, particularly while antenatal top tips sessions are not available due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This course was developed by Dorset Healthcare NHS University Foundation Trust.
The course covers how breastmilk is produced, how to breastfeed, problem solving and includes dads, partners and extended family.
Breastfeeding support available in Lincolnshire:
- Breastfeeding groups – you are welcome to attend a breastfeeding group in pregnancy, this can be a helpful way to learn more about breastfeeding from other mothers.
- Midwives and health visitors.
- National Breastfeeding Helpline – 0300 100 0212 open 9.30am to 9.30pm 365 days a year.
- Specialist Midwife Infant Feeding team – for more complex challenges you can ask you midwife for a referral to the Infant Feeding team.
Flu and pregnancy
The seasonal flu vaccine is offered to all pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy. Pregnant women who catch the flu virus are at an increased risk of complications and flu-related hospital admissions.
Talk to your GP or midwife if you’re unsure about which vaccinations you should have.
Vaccinations and infections
If you have been exposed to childhood illnesses please consult your GP about any vaccinations needed.
You will be offered a vaccination for whooping cough in every pregnancy between 16 weeks up to 32 weeks pregnant.
You can find out more on the NHS website or by talking to your midwife.
- Mama Academy leaflet – helping babies arrive safely
- Tommy’s – Feeling your baby move
- Kicks count leaflet
Health visiting service
Personalised care plans
Coping with baby crying
Mum and Baby App
The better births team have created a QR code for the mum and baby app:
What is the DadPad?
It’s the essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS.
Why do you need it?
As a new dad you will feel excited, but you may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need. The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life.