Complications of Pregnancy
During pregnancy, it is important to be aware that certain symptoms of pregnancy might suggest complications. It is important to be aware of these so that you can have further investigations carried out to assess whether you need any specific extra input from your maternity team.
We would advise that you contact your NHS Care Provider should you experience any of the following:
blurred vision or flashing lights in your eyes,
leaking of liquor (fluid around your baby),
persistent itching, particularly on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet,
severe abdominal pain,
change or reduction in baby’s movements.
You can read more on what these may indicate here: Pregnancy complications – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
You should start to feel your baby moving at some time between 16 and 22 weeks of pregnancy. The movements may be quite random to start, but as you reach 28 weeks, your baby’s brain is developed enough to have times when they will be awake and moving around, and others when they are asleep and so still. There is usually a pattern throughout the day and night when this occurs.
How your baby is moving is the best way of telling us how your baby is doing. Therefore, if you have a morning, afternoon, evening or night when you don’t feel baby is moving as expected, we would suggest the following:
stop – you may have been busy and just missed your baby moving
have a drink, snack or ‘poke’ your baby – whatever normally gets them moving
lie or sit for an hour and really concentrate on hoe your baby is moving.
If after this time, you are still not happy with how you baby is moving, contact your NHS Care Provider immediately and get yourself checked out. It is not something you should wait for a few days to see if it improves.
For more information, visit: Your baby’s movements – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Parent education classes are a great way to learn more about labour, birth and beyond, as well as meeting a group of other people having a baby at a similar time to you. This can be particularly important if it is your first baby, but some offer classes for parents who already have children.
The best time to attend antenatal classes is around 30-32 weeks gestation. As some classes can be booked up in advance, it is worth booking them early.
You can choose to have NHS or private lessons and can ask friends for recommendations or learn more here: Antenatal classes – NHS (www.nhs.uk)