When you discover you are pregnant please contact the midwives – you can find their contact details on the During your pregnancy – antenatal care – Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (worcsacute.nhs.uk) website.
Please start a folic acid and vitamin D supplement or specialist pregnancy care multivitamin
Folic acid is very important for the development of a healthy foetus. It can significantly reduce the chance of neural tube defects (NTDs), such as spinabifida. It’s recommended that all women who could get pregnant should take a daily supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid before they’re pregnant and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when the baby’s spine is developing.
Some women need to take a higher dose of 5 milligrams (5mg) of folic acid each day until they’re 12 weeks pregnant if they have a higher chance of having a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects. These include if:
· The patients BMI is >30
· They have diabetes or coeliac disease
· They have sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia
· They are taking anti-epilepsy medicine
· They or the baby’s biological father have a neural tube defect
· They previously had a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect
· They or the baby’s biological father have a family history of neural tube defects
Please book a telephone consultation to get this prescribed if you fall into the above groups
Please access all the fantastic information on the NHS website…Pregnancy – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
And to find out more about our local services.. During your pregnancy – antenatal care – Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (worcsacute.nhs.uk)