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Pregnancy and birth

From getting pregnant and how to look after yourself during pregnancy, to when labour has started and what to bring to the hospital - you'll find it all here. Use the tabs on the left to navigate this section.

As well as the pages on our website, the national NHS Start4Life programme includes lots of pregnancy advice and information.

Charity organisation Tommy's also provides useful information in planning for pregnancy.

Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Pregnancy, birth and parenthood, or the loss of a baby, can all affect your emotional wellbeing. There are lots of resources about emotional wellbeing on this website.


Public Health England in May 2019 have published the two following infographics to highlight issues relating to pregnancy.
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alt text: Bar chart: Health inequalities across the life course. Comparison between the most and the least deprived deciles in England.

Low birth weight of term babies - most deprived deciles are 2.2 times higher than the least deprived decile

Age under 1 infant mortality (crude rate per 1000 live births) - most deprived deciles are 2.3 times higher than the least deprived decile.

Age under 5 emergency hospital admissions for unintentional injuries (age-standardised rate per 100,000 population) - most deprived deciles are 1.4 times higher than the least deprived decile.

Age 10 to 11 overweight (including obese) - most deprived deciles are 1.8 times higher than the least deprived decile.

Age 10 to 17 first time entrants to youth justice system (crude rate per 100,000 population) - most deprived deciles are 2.1 times higher than the least deprived decile.

Age under 19 conceptions (crude rate per 1000 females aged 15 to 17) - most deprived deciles are 2.8 times higher than the least deprived decile.

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alt text: Obesity is a preconception risk factor. Maternal obesity (BMI over 30). Impact on women are increased risk of miscarriage; gestational diabetes and perinatal complications and lower breastfeeding rates. Impact on foetus are increased risk of stillbirths; metabolic abnormalities and developmental abnormalities. Impact on children is increased risk of obesity and diabetes

15/08/2020