Pre Natal – Antenatal Care

Are you planning a pregnancy? This can be both an exciting and daunting time for prospective parents. Once you have decided that this is the right time to try and have a baby, take the opportunity to look at all factors to optimise conditions for a safe and healthy pregnancy for both mum and baby. We advise that you take folic acid tablets before you are pregnant until 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is also important to take a blood test to ensure you are immune against rubella.

Women currently taking medications should ideally speak to a doctor before becoming pregnant as some medications may need to be stopped in advance of pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions when pregnant

Can I take medication?
Always tell your pharmacist, doctor or dentist that you are pregnant but yes some medication, such as Paracetamol in normal doses is perfectly safe in pregnancy.

Can I smoke or drink alcohol?
We would advise that you stop completely as soon as you become aware you are pregnant.

Can I have tea, coffee and caffeinated drinks?
We would advise that you stop or at the very least cut down on the amount you consume as soon as you become aware you are pregnant.

Currently all scheduled antenatal care visits are provided free of charge to everyone via the HSE.

Fertility advice and assessment

Becoming pregnant doesn’t always go according to plan and thankfully nowadays there are few hormonal and physical obstacles that cannot be overcome.

If you are experiencing a delay in conceiving make an appointment today and your doctor will discuss all possibilities. These may involve some lifestyle changes, some simple hormonal supplementation at specific times of the month or where needed we would refer to a fertility specialist locally.