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Your midwife or GP can give this to you after you are 20 weeks pregnant. You will receive it from your midwife at the next appointment after 20 weeks.

If you have had chickenpox, you are immune and there is nothing to worry about. You do not need to do anything. If you have never had chickenpox, or are not sure, see your GP as soon as possible.

You can have a blood test to find out if you are immune. If you develop a rash in pregnancy always contact your GP or midwife.

See your GP as soon as possible if you’re pregnant and you think you’ve come into contact with the slapped cheek virus.

You should do this whether you develop a rash or not as there can be a small risk to your baby especially if exposure is before 20 weeks.

There’s no routine screening test for slapped cheek in pregnancy. Your GP will do a blood test to check if you have antibodies to the virus from a current or previous infection.

If the bleeding occurs before 16 weeks you should contact your GP.

After 16 weeks you should contact either Frimley Park Hospital Labour Ward Triage on 01276 604527 or Wexham Park Hospital Maternity Assessment Centre  on 0300 615 4520 for advice and be prepared to come in and be assessed.

If the bleeding is very severe and you feel unwell you should attend A&E.

It is better to stay at home and rest so as not to spread the virus to other people. Good handwashing is the best way to avoid transmission of the germs.

The most important thing is to be well hydrated so drink plenty of water and take paracetamol if required for any pain (as per instructions on the packet).

Don’t worry if you don’t feel like eating as your baby will still get energy from you. Most viruses last 24 to 48hrs. If you are concerned or you still feel unwell after this time phone your GP for advice

If you are more than 24 weeks pregnant and you feel you have had a reduction in fetal movements from what you consider to be normal, try having a hot drink or an ice cold drink and a snack.
We then advise you to lay on your left side and rest for up to two hours to see whether the food and drink stimulates the baby to move.

If you are still concerned then please contact the Frimley Park Labour ward on 01276 604527 or Wexham Park Maternity Assessment Centre on 0300 615 4520. Please do this immediately and do not wait until the next day.

The labour ward will arrange to have your baby’s heart rate monitored. Usually we find all is well, in which case you will be reassured and able to go home.

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You should check with your airline and your insurance company before flying when pregnant as different rules will apply.

As a general rule, most airlines won’t allow a pregnant woman to fly after 36 weeks.

However if the pregnancy is deemed high risk this may be restricted to much earlier.

If you are able to fly you should ensure you drink plenty of water during the flight and avoid sitting still for too long. This is because pregnant women are more susceptible to deep vein thrombosis. Support stockings are also advised.

Car travel

To protect you and your unborn baby, always wear a seatbelt with the diagonal strap across your body between your breasts and the lap belt over your upper thighs. The straps then lie above and below your bump, not over it. Also, make sure all baby/child seats are fitted correctly according to British Safety Standards. Further information about car seat safety for babies, see here.

Thrush is quite common in pregnancy. If you believe you may have it make an appointment to see your GP or Pharmacist.

You may become constipated very early in pregnancy because of the hormonal changes taking place in your body. To avoid it:

  • Eat foods that are high in fibre, like wholemeal breads, wholegrain cereals, fruit and vegetables, and pulses such as beans and lentils.
  • Exercise regularly to keep your muscles toned.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Some pregnant women find they get a lot of headaches. In order to ease them try and get more regular rest and relaxation and drink plenty of water.

Paracetamol in the recommended dose is generally considered safe for pregnant women but there are some painkillers that you should avoid. Speak to your pharmacist or GP about how much paracetamol you can take and for how long.

If you often have bad headaches, tell your midwife or GP or ring either Frimley Park on 01276 604527 or Wexham Park Hospital on 0300 615 4520 for advice.
Severe headaches can be a sign of high blood pressure.

Mild itching is common in pregnancy because of the increased blood supply to the skin. In late pregnancy the skin of the abdomen is stretched and this may also cause itchiness. If you think your itching is more severe, contact your midwife or GP.

Ankles, feet and fingers often swell a little in pregnancy because your body is holding more water than usual.

Towards the end of the day, especially if the weather is hot or if you have been standing a lot, the extra water tends to gather in the lowest parts of your body.

Suggestions to try and relieve swollen ankles are to avoid standing for long periods, wear comfortable shoes and put your feet up as much as you can.

Try to rest for an hour a day with your feet higher than your heart.

Your first scan will be expected to take place from 12-14 weeks. You will receive a letter to let you know when and if you have consented, a text to remind you. Your second scan will take place at around 20-22 weeks and will be booked when you attend for the first scan

If you are unable to see the midwife then please make an appointment with your GP who are partners in your maternity care.

Please consult a Pharmacist who will be able to advise you on what you are able to safely take in pregnancy.

It is recommended that people in high-risk groups be vaccinated against H1N1 (swine flu). This includes all pregnant women, at any stage of their pregnancy. The reason for this is that during pregnancy the immune system is naturally suppressed.

This means that pregnant women are more likely to catch flu and, if they do catch it, they are more likely to develop complications. However, it is important to remember the immune system still functions and the risk of complications is very small.

Most pregnant women will only have mild symptoms but if a pregnant woman develops a complication of H1N1 flu, such as pneumonia, there is a small chance this will lead to premature labour or miscarriage.

It is, therefore, important to be well prepared and to take precautions against H1N1 flu. All pregnant women are advised to take the seasonal flu jab, which protects against H1N1 flu. This is because there is good evidence that all pregnant women are at an increased risk from complications if they catch H1N1 flu.

There is no evidence that inactivated vaccines, such as the seasonal flu vaccine, will cause any harm to pregnant women or their unborn babies.

It's recommended that, for the time being, all pregnant women should get vaccinated against whooping cough when they are 28-38 weeks pregnant.
This is a new recommendation, as there has been a sharp rise in the number of whooping cough cases in the UK.

Whooping cough is a serious disease that can lead to pneumonia and permanent brain damage. Many babies with whooping cough will be admitted to hospital and they are at risk of dying from the disease.

Deaths from whooping cough are rare in the UK but more babies have already died this year than in recent years.

Young babies are particularly at risk of serious disease and they remain vulnerable until they can be vaccinated against whooping cough from two months of age. You can help protect your unborn baby from getting whooping cough in its first weeks after birth by having the whooping cough vaccination while you are pregnant.

You should have the vaccination even if you've been vaccinated before or have had whooping cough yourself. The best time to get vaccinated to protect your baby is from week 28 to week 38 of your pregnancy – ideally between 28 and 32 weeks. Talk to your midwife or GP and make an appointment to get vaccinated.

Your baby will still need to be vaccinated as normal when he or she reaches two months of age