Your Pregnancy

We want to help to make your experience as easy as possible and have provided some information and advice on what to expect in the early weeks of your pregnancy and how to look after yourself and your baby.

Recommended reading before meeting your midwife for the first time

Please read through our information leaflets for useful facts and tips for the early weeks of your pregnancy.

Your first appointment

This is also called your ‘Booking appointment’ and usually takes place between your 6th and 10th week of pregnancy. There are important tests that we offer before the tenth week of pregnancy so please contact your midwife early if you have not already got an appointment.

We offer booking appointments at a variety of venues.

  1. Tip: If you don’t see any markers on your map, please download our PDF Version.

Useful facts and tips for you and your baby in pregnancy

You will be given the option to purchase a scan photograph of your baby. These will cost £2 for one photograph or £5 for three. Please ensure you have the correct change as the ticket machine will only accept £2 coins or silver.

Staying healthy and safe

Cigarettes!

Are you, your partner, or others in your household smoking?

Do you know the long term damage that smoking in pregnancy or the effects of second hand smoke can have?

Baby on the way, quit today – all you need to know about smoking and pregnancy.

We have a dedicated team of midwives and support staff who can offer you treatment and support to help you quit.  Contact our Barnsley Maternity Stop Smoking Team today

Tele: 01226 431621/2193 9-5 Monday to Friday or email maternity.stopsmoking@nhs.net

E Cigarettes!

Are you using or considering using an e cigarette? For further information on the safety of e cigarettes view Tommys or contact our team for support.

Yorkshire Smoke Free Website

Food and nutrition

Keeping fit and healthy

Staying safe

Are you looking after your Pelvic Floor Muscles?

41 per cent of women during pregnancy can have some form of stress incontinence (leakage of urine from the bladder when coughing, sneezing, exercising etc). Find out more about your pelvic floor here

If you need help identifying your pelvic floor muscles or you are suffering with stress incontinence before or after the birth of your baby we have specialist help available.  Please discuss with your midwife and ask to be referred to our physiotherapists.

Remember pelvic floor exercises are for life not just for Christmas!

Other useful information

This page was updated: by Andy Leppard.
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