Pregnancy is an ideal time to make lifestyle changes to give yourself the best chance of having a problem free pregnancy and having a healthy baby.
Advice and information on what to do next:
- as soon as you find out you are pregnant it is important to contact a health professional as the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy are the most important time in your baby’s development
- early contact with a health professional is important, as it will help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy
- wherever you live you can contact a midwife directly as soon as you find out you are pregnant
To speak to a midwife contact the Community Hub: 01302 642794 or visit the Doncaster Maternity Services webpage to find out more
To speak to a member of the health visiting team call the Single Point of Contact 01302 566776. or visit the Doncaster Health Visitors website to find out more
From finding out you are pregnant through to caring for your new baby, there are lots of things you can do to help you have a healthy and happy pregnancy and beyond. The guide below contains some useful advice and information to support you during this time.
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Feeding and Caring for your Baby
In Doncaster, all pregnant women and women with a child under 12 months can receive free Healthy Start Vitamins through their midwife or health visitor. In addition if you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. For more information visit https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers/
Unicef's Baby Friendly Initiative work with services in Doncaster to help new parents give their babies the best possible start in life. To find out more about BFI and how they support women to feed their babies visit Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative.
Your baby gets all the fluid, nutrients and energy they need from breast milk or formula – this is why it's best to hold off introducing solids until they are around six months old. If your baby was born prematurely, ask your Health Visitor or GP for advice on when the best time is to start.
The Start4Life website has helpful information, You can sign up to receive weekly emails and videos with advice about pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
Breastfeeding help and support
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of your baby's life, although any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed the greater the benefits.
Breastfeeding support is available from trained volunteers and from your local midwifery or health visiting team.
A 24/7 Breastfeeding Friend from Start4Life is now available on a number of platforms, including Amazon Alexa and Facebook Messenger to support mums in Doncaster.
More information and advice on breastfeeding your baby can be found by visiting:
Breastfeeding out and about in Doncaster
Doncaster’s Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme makes it easier for breastfeeding mums to know where they will be made especially welcome to breastfeed their babies whilst out and about in Doncaster. These are places where mums can be assured that staff will be supportive of their breastfeeding.
We currently have over 150 businesses signed up to the scheme which includes local cafes and restaurants, family hubs, private nurseries and GP surgeries
To find out where you can breastfeed when out and about in Doncaster click on the link below for our directory of participating venues
Participating venues (updating - to follow)
If you are a local venue, you can find out more about joining the scheme by visiting our Breastfeeding Welcome Page
Routine childhood vaccinations are free and start when a baby is 8 weeks old.
This is a good age to start vaccinations, because the natural immunity to illness that newborn babies get from their mother is beginning to wear off. If a vaccine is given before 8 weeks of age, the baby’s natural immunity to disease may stop it from working.
That's why you should ideally have your child vaccinated at the recommended time. Any delay can leave your baby unprotected against illnesses that are often more common and worse as a child gets older.
Your doctor's surgery or clinic will automatically send you an appointment for you to bring your baby for their vaccination.
If you can't get to the clinic, contact your surgery to make another appointment.
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- Starting Well - A guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and Beyond
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