Pregnancy care

Here are some things to consider when planning to get pregnant and during pregnancy.

  • GP (General Practitioner)
  • Midwife
  • Health Visitor

Children’s Centres in Somerset offer drop-in groups, there is family support available from bump through to when your child starts school. Contact your local Centre to find out more .

You can look on NHS Choices for information on healthy diet, healthy weight, what to do and what things to avoid for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

You can also find information on getting pregnant, pregnancy, labour and birth, your newborn, babies and toddlers on the NHS Choices – Your pregnancy and baby guide

Everyone needs vitamins to promote a healthy body; vitamins are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts so that it can work properly. A balanced diet can achieve the levels of vitamins required although there can be times when taking extra vitamins is recommend; such as when you’re pregnant, a new mum or a small child.

Folic Acid

Where possible it’s really important to get enough folic acid before you get pregnant and during the early days of your pregnancy. It is the best way to help protect your baby from neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida. Folic acid is available to buy across Somerset.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium in the body, which helps to keep bones and teeth strong and healthy.

Although we can get vitamin D from sunlight, it is also in some foods, including oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines), eggs and red meat and foods fortified with vitamin D, including some breakfast cereals and most fat spreads.

Vitamin D is found only in a small number of foods and it might be difficult to get enough from foods alone. So all adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D, particularly during the winter months (October until the end of March).

NHS Choices – The new guidelines on vitamin D what you need to know
Vitamin D Red Book – Vitamin D for healthy skin, bones and teeth

You may be eligible for free supplements. Speak to your GP, pharmacist or midwife about this.

You can find out more from the Start 4 Life Super Supplements page

Healthy Start

Healthy Start vitamins have been designed to include all vitamins promoted during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. These are available to buy across Somerset. There is a national scheme to provide the vitamins for free to eligible pregnant women. If you are pregnant or have children under the age of four, you could qualify for free healthy start vitamins.

 Find out more on the Healthy Start website.

During pregnancy and a year following the birth of your baby, all Somerset mothers can receive free dentistry.

For more information on health cost exemptions visit NHS Choices

Oral Health Foundation – Dental Care for mother and baby

You can find all information for Musgrove Park Hospital relating to maternity and birth including information on antenatal classes and a virtual tour of a labour ward on the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust website. You can also find information on labour and delivery.

Musgrove Park Hospital Maternity App

HANDi Maternity has been developed by the maternity team at Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton and is provided free for all women having their baby at the unit. The app gives useful information and advice throughout your pregnancy.

You can find all information relating to maternity and birth including antenatal classes at Yeovil District Hospital here.

Parent craft antenatal classes – Yeovil District Hospital has six teams of midwives. Each team is linked to different GP surgeries in the area. The teams are: Rowan, Chestnut, Cedar, Oak, Willow and Maple. Each of these teams lead antenatal classes. The classes cover topics such as labour, pain relief, breastfeeding and care of your new baby. There is a tour of the maternity unit every Sunday at 2pm. If you would like to attend classes, you can phone the teams on 01935 384303 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 1pm).

You can find more information that you might find helpful on our After the birth of your baby and Further support and information pages.