Bump and Birth
Coronavirus Infection and Pregnancy
Please view the below Q&A’s and information for pregnant women and their families
Trying to Conceive?
You do not need to book an appointment with the GP to confirm pregnancy, instead please book an appointment with the midwife when you are around eight weeks’ pregnant.
With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You could qualify if you’re on benefits, or if you’re pregnant and under 18.
Maternity Services at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Maternity Advice Line/Triage: 0300 422 5541
Delivery Suite: 0300 422 5542
Maternity Ward: 0300 422 5520
Maternity Outpatients: 0300 422 6103
Neo-natal Unit: 0300 422 5529
Gloucestershire Maternity Voices
Gloucestershire Maternity Voices Partnership (GMVP) is a group of parent representatives and professionals who are helping shape and develop maternity services in Gloucestershire.
Gestational Diabetes is the development of raised blood sugar readings during pregnancy. If you develop gestational diabetes it can lead to complications during your pregnancy for you and your baby.
50% of woman who have gestational diabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes later in life without making lifestyle changes. If you have had Gestational Diabetes you should have a blood test 4 months after you have had your baby and then annually. This blood test checks your HbA1c ( average sugar readings in the past three months) which helps to pick up if diabetes is developing.
If you have had Gestational Diabetes before and become pregnant again please contact the GP again as soon as you are aware as you will need to be seen in the joint antenatal and diabetic clinic. The specialists are keen to see you early on in your pregnancy.
If you would like to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes please look at joining our Eat Real Food programme.
PANDAS supports anyone, including fathers and partners, suffering from pre (antenatal) and postnatal illnesses.
Their helpline is open from 09:00 until 20:00 (including weekends) on 0843 28 98 401.
Baby Buddy App
Baby Buddy is an award winning mobile phone app for new parents and parents-to-be, created by mums, doctors and midwives.
Download from: Google Play: Baby Buddy
Download from: iTunes: Baby Buddy
Your Health Visitor will usually contact to meet with you around two weeks after baby has been born and you have been discharged by the Midwifery Team.
They are able to support you with many issues until your baby starts school or turns five.
Gloucestershire Care Services: www.glos-care.nhs.uk/health-visiting
Useful information: www.glos-care.nhs.uk/health-visiting-useful-information
Keeping fit and healthy with a baby
The current advice is that midwives will continue to provide all routine antenatal care.
For more information, please visit this news post.
Your pregnancy and Baby Guide
Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it at www.nhs.uk.
Keeping Well in Pregnancy
Everything you need to know about a alcohol.
Would you like to Stop Smoking?
With support, people are four times more likely to successfully stop smoking.
Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire will help you every step of the way.
Our new hypnobirthing service, run by our midwives, is proving really popular with mums-to-be. As an addition to our free-of-charge antenatal education provision, these classes have a small charge, but some concessionary rates are available.
You can attend from 28 weeks’ pregnant.
You can book or find out more by emailing:
Diabetic and thinking of becoming pregnant?
If you have type 1 or type 2 Diabetes and are considering pregnancy it is better to have pre-pregnancy counselling to discuss your options. This is because many diabetic medications and associated medications that are used for blood pressure and cholesterol should not be used prior to becoming pregnant and during pregnancy.
Having diabetes increases the risk of complications to mother and baby. It is important that there is tight blood sugar control and this includes levels in the few months prior to conception.
Because there are an increased risk of heart and spinal cord abnormalities in babies born to diabetic mothers , we advise that you take 5mg folic acid which is only available on prescription.
The Diabetes Consultants are very clear that they prefer to meet with patients before they become pregnant to look at medication and plan for future pregnancies. This helps to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy leading to better outcomes for mothers and babies.
Struggling with your Mental Health?
Pregnancy can be very stressful and some women struggle with feelings of anxiety and or depression. If you are feeling this way please let your midwife know.
You may get told that pregnancy is a good time to put your feet up but if your pregnancy is uncomplicated it is actually much healthier for you and your baby to exercise while pregnant.
Miscarriage (Bereavement Services)
The death of a baby is devastating to parents and their families.
At the Women’s Centre at Gloucester Royal Hospital they have two special suites in which you and your family can spend time with your baby and prepare for your return home.
You will be put in touch with one of the specialist bereavement midwives who will help you to find the best way for you and your partner to cope with your loss.
It may also help to talk about your feelings with other parents who have lost a baby in a similar way. SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) has a Gloucestershire branch, run by our midwives, and can offer support and put you in touch with other parents who can offer friendly help.
Newborn and Beyond
Please register your newborn baby with the practice.
Infant Feeding Support
If you are breastfeeding your baby and would like help, or would like to get out and meet other mothers, breastfeeding groups can be a lifesaver.
In Gloucestershire you will be supported by your health visitor and midwife if you decide to breast feed and have any problems but we are also fortunate to have two charities providing non-judgemental support across the county.
Weaning children onto solid foods normally starts at about six months.
Breastfeeding Friend from Start4Life
It can take a while to feel confident about breastfeeding, but you’re not alone. Your midwife and health visitor are there to help, guide and support you.
If you have breastfeeding questions the Breastfeeding Friend from Start4Life has lots of useful information and expert advice.
It is available 24/7 on Facebook Messenger
Eating low carb or keto when breastfeeding
Do you want to eat a low-carb diet while breastfeeding? It can be an excellent way to lose excess weight, while still eating all the nutritious foods that you and your baby needs.
Diagnosis of mild-to moderate Cow Milk Allergy
Practical pointers for Parents/Carers on how to carry confirm or exclude the diagnosis of mild-to moderate Cow Milk Allergy.