Preparing for Pregnancy

If this is your first baby or if you have had problems with a previous pregnancy or if you or your partner have any health concerns e.g. diabetes, it is a good idea to see your GP for a pre-conception check up.

This is also the time to discuss any long-term medication that you are taking and to arrange to have a blood test to check whether you are immune to German measles (rubella). If you are not immune you can be vaccinated but you should not become pregnant until the vaccine virus has cleared from your blood stream, which takes about 3 months.

If you are from an African, Afro-Caribbean or Asian ethnic background it is a good idea for you and your partner to have a sickle cell test to see if you are carriers for the gene for sickle cell disease.

All patients are tested during pregnancy (unless they choose to opt out) for HIV, Hepatitis B & C and Syphilis - However if you think you may be at risk, it is a good idea to have these tests before pregnancy.