Ready for Pregnancy Campaign provides advice for mums on managing long term conditions during pregnancy
We know that healthy women have fewer complications during pregnancy and are more likely to have healthy babies that grow into healthy children. This month as part of our #ReadyforPregnancy campaign, we are providing tips and advice to help you manage your long-term conditions during pregnancy.
Long-term conditions where women should talk to their GP or health specialist for advice and support when thinking about becoming pregnant include;
Type 1 diabetes
“If you are pregnant with Type 1 Diabetes, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is available on the NHS. It’s a small device that sticks to the skin and measures your glucose levels day and night. Speak to your specialist about the best options available for you”.
Having a physical disability doesn’t typically affect your chances of getting pregnant, and you will be supported throughout your pregnancy and birth. However, you may be more prone to certain complications, so should speak to your GP or specialist, for advice and support around managing any complications”.
If you are overweight, the best way to protect your health and your baby’s well-being is to lose weight before you become pregnant. By reaching a healthy weight, you increase your chances of conceiving naturally and reduce the chance of problems associated with being overweight in pregnancy
If you have epilepsy and are considering pregnancy or have recently discovered that you are pregnant, speak with your epilepsy team or GP for a full medication review
Taking Medication for Long Term Conditions
If you plan to become pregnant and you’re taking medicine for a long-term condition, don’t stop taking it without talking with your doctor.
Being pregnant puts extra strain on your heart and it’s important to understand how having a heart condition can affect how your body copes with pregnancy. Talk with your GP and seek expert advice about your individual needs.
Frimley & Wexham Maternity Voices Partnership Co-chair Kate Hargreaves says “If you have high blood pressure before pregnancy, it’s important to keep it well controlled. Discuss your medication with your GP and have check-ups with your antenatal team to monitor your blood pressure.”
Here at Frimley Health, we have provided advice, tailored to women and families planning a pregnancy. We have developed our maternity website (https://www.frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/maternity ) which has a range of information about planning your pregnancy, services and support throughout your pregnancy and advice about caring for your baby.