Staying healthy and safe during your pregnancy is important for you and your baby.
As well as looking after your own health there are some key things you can do to pick up any possible issues early..
You can help your baby stay fit and well during your pregnancy by:
Some of the tests must be done at specific times, so it’s important not to miss any.
If you can’t get to an appointment, you can rearrange it with your midwife.
Sadly, four babies a week are stillborn in Scotland and it’s truly devastating for any family to go through.
Sometimes we don’t know the cause, but we do know there are things you can do to reduce the risk of stillbirth:
From 24 weeks of pregnancy, it’s safer to go to sleep on your side to avoid reducing the blood flow to your baby . Don’t worry if you wake up on your back, just go back to lying on your side.
If your baby’s movements change, it could be their way of telling you that something is wrong. If your baby’s movements slow down or stop, please contact your midwife or maternity unit straight away using the emergency contact information given to you.
More about getting to know your baby during pregnancy
Parent Club have launched a campaign to raise awareness of how to reduce your risk of stillbirth. You can find out more on how to reduce your risk of stillbirth.
If you have a long-term physical or mental health condition before you’re pregnant, make sure it’s well managed and controlled. Speak to your midwife or GP.
Make sure that you access the financial support that you’re entitled to. This can make it easier to stay healthy when you’re pregnant or trying for a baby.
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3 November 2023