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What should I do if I think I’m pregnant?


If you think you're pregnant it’s vital you see a healthcare professional straight away.

You can contact a midwife directly or a GP to make a free appointment. The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy are the most important time of your baby’s development, so the earlier you are seen by a doctor or midwife, the sooner they can check everything is alright. If you have an existing health problem (for example, diabetes, epilepsy, or a mental health issue) or if you have previously experience complications with pregnancy it’s even more important that you make an appointment.

Your midwife or GP will talk confidentially with you about the pregnancy, and will discuss your choices for screening and pregnancy care.

You should receive your first antenatal appointment within two weeks of informing your GP or midwife that you are pregnant. If you don’t, please make sure you phone your GP or midwife.


Maternity services in Bexley


You can speak to your GP or contact:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 07787 841 986
  • Princess Royal University Hospital, 01689 863 000
  • Darent Valley Hospital, 01322 428 753

Things to start doing now


Eating fruit, vegetables and foods that contain iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamins are essential for your pregnancy; a growing baby needs these nutrients right from the start.

 

Things to stop

  • Smoking: the health and growth of your baby can be affected if you smoke and you are strongly advised to stop completely
  • Drinking alcohol: the best advice is to avoid drinking alcohol when you are pregnant
  • Drugs: all drugs can harm your baby. Tell your GP or midwife as soon as possible about any drugs you are taking, including over the counter or prescribed medications or street drugs

Unhappy to be pregnant?

  • Phone your GP or family planning services and make an appointment to discuss your situation. All discussions are confidential.
  • Contact the Family Planning Association Helpline: 0845 122 8690
  • Contact the Marie Stopes Greenwich Early Medical Unit

    Address: South Street Medical Centre, 71A Greenwich South Street, London, SE10 8NT

    Telephone: 0345 300 8090 (24 Hours)

    Aftercare support: 0345 122 1441 (24 Hours)

    Opening hours: appointments available Wednesdays and Fridays each week.

    Services provided: Early medical abortion, STI screening and treatment, contraception advice and provision.

     

    Please note that opening hours are subject to change for more information and to book your appointment call 0345 300 8090.

     

    Use this link to view a flyer and a map showing the location of the unit.

     

  • NHS Choices
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Contact us

For more information about arranging an appointment with a midwife, please contact Maternity Choice, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm on 020 8308 3091.

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