NHS Kingston

Maternity

Baby clinic

What should I do if I think I’m pregnant?

If you think you're pregnant it’s vital you see a healthcare professional straight away.

You can contact a midwife directly or a GP to make a free appointment. The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy are the most important time of your baby’s development, so the earlier you are seen by a doctor or midwife the sooner they can check everything is alright. If you have an existing health problem (for example, diabetes, epilepsy, or a mental health issue) or if you have previously experience complications with pregnancy it’s even more important that you make an appointment.

Your midwife or GP will talk confidentially with you about the pregnancy, and will discuss your choices for screening and pregnancy care.

You should receive your first antenatal appointment within two weeks of informing your GP or midwife that you are pregnant. If you don’t, please make sure you phone your GP or midwife.

Maternity services in Kingston

You can speak to your GP or contact:

  • Kingston Hospital, Tel:020 8934 3034
  • Epsom Hospital, Tel:01372 735 367
  • St Helier Hospital, Tel: 020 8296 2059
  • St George's Hospital, Tel:020 8725 2012

Things to start doing now

  • Eating fruit, vegetables and foods that contain iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamins are essential for your pregnancy; a growing baby needs these nutrients right from the start.

Things to do less of or stop

  • Smoking: the health and growth of your baby can be affected if you smoke and you are strongly advised to stop completely.
  • Drinking alcohol: the best advice is to avoid drinking alcohol when you are pregnant.
  • Drugs: all drugs can harm your baby. Tell your GP or midwife as soon as possible about any drugs you are taking, including over the counter or prescribed medications or street drugs.

For more advice see the attached leaflet on the right.

Unhappy to be pregnant?

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, Guildhall, Kingston, KT1 1EU
Tel: 020 8339 8000 or email NHS 111 NHS Choices