Pregnancy (antenatal)

Maternity information

On this page, you can find information, support and advice from Guy's and St Thomas', and other organisations, about your pregnancy.

We'd also encourage you to look at information for after you give birth. This will help you prepare and know what to expect.

If there's anything that you can't find on this page, please ask your midwife.

General pregnancy information

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Your Baby's Movements: When Does a Baby Start Kicking? | Tommy's (

Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well. Contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately if you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed.

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Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership

Local parents and health professionals working together to improve our services and deliver equitable care, so that every pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience is safe, supportive, and empowering.

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Can I take anticoagulant medicine whilst pregnant or breastfeeding? - YouTube

This video explains whether it is safe to take anticoagulant medicine whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.

Appointments and your care

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What to expect during pregnancy

Information about how we'll support you at appointments and in the community.

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Your first midwife appointment

Your first appointment can also be called your antenatal booking appointment. You will have this within the first 10 weeks of your pregnancy.

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Antenatal appointments and scans

How your appointments work, what you need to do to prepare, how to change them and what happens at scans.

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Screening for Down's syndrome, Edwards' syndrome and Patau's syndrome

During pregnancy, you can have a blood test at your dating scan around 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy that screens for conditions.

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Antenatal classes

Information about our regular and specialist workshops, when they are and how to book.

Giving birth

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Inducing labour

Why we induce labour and ways of inducing labour, including by softening your cervix using a pessary, gel or balloon catheter, or by breaking your waters or using a hormone IV drip.

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Planned (elective) caesarean birth

A guide to having a planned (elective) caesarean birth or C-section. This is surgery to deliver a baby through a cut made in your tummy and womb.

Conditions during pregnancy

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Antenatal hypertension

If you have or are at risk of antenatal hypertension: how it can affect your pregnancy (including the risk of pre-eclampsia), treatment, checking your blood pressure at home, and planning your birth. 

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Diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

Information about being tested for high blood sugar during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). The screening test is called an oral glucose tolerance test.

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Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and your baby

Information for parents and carers whose baby is at increased risk of having low blood sugar including how we care for them and signs of hypoglycaemia.

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Low-dose aspirin in pregnancy to prevent pre-eclampsia

How a daily low dose of aspirin can help if you are at greater risk of pre-eclampsia, a high-blood pressure condition that usually happens towards the end of pregnancy.

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Specialist clinics

Specialist clinics in our hospital where you can be seen by a specialist doctor or midwife if this is needed.


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Maternity Assessment Unit

Emergency care if you're more than 18 weeks pregnant and follow up for up to 6 weeks after birth if you have postnatal problems

Antenatal feeding support

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Thinking of Breastfeeding? - The Breastfeeding Network

Preparing for breastfeeding and answering your questions.

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How to Express Your First Milk - Global Health Media Project

A video showing how to express colostrum, your first milk.

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Antenatal hand expressing from 37 weeks

How to hand express colostrum while you are still pregnant.

Relationship building with your baby

It's important to understand what you can do to help build a strong, loving relationship with your baby when they arrive. We advise reading our relationship building information while you're pregnant so you don't have to worry about learning it all in the early days after your baby is born.

Read information about relationship building.

Last reviewed: March 2024
Next review: March 2027

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