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Title - Being overweight During Pregnancy and After BirthDescription - Most women who are overweight have a straightforward pregnancy and birth and deliver healthy babies. However being overweight does increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby. This information is about the extra care you will be offered during your pregnancy and how you can minimise the risks to you and your baby in this pregnancy and in a future pregnancy.
Title - Cannabis Use in PregnancyDescription - Cannabis is the most widely used illegal substance in the U.K.
Title - Drugs & PregnancyDescription - If you are using drugs, here is some information to help you.
Title - Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babiesDescription - This information is for you if you (or a friend or relative) are expecting a baby, planning to become pregnant or have recently had a baby. This leaflet is provided by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Title - Manual Removal of the Placenta (afterbirth) and Management of Ragged MembranesDescription - Following the birth of your baby, the placenta (afterbirth) normally delivers with ease. Sometimes the placenta gets stuck on the wall of the womb (retained placenta), and does not deliver and in these circumstances you would usually require a manual removal of the placenta under anaesthetic (either a general or regional anaesthetic).
Title - Postnatal Discharge Infant Feeding SupportDescription - Congratulations on the birth of your baby. By now you will have probably decided how you wish to feed your baby. However, if you are undecided or would like any information or support to help you make a decision, please contact the Infant Feeding Team or ask your health care professional to refer you to us on your behalf.
Title - Pre-Labour Rupture of the Membranes (waters breaking before labour starts)Description - Sixty percent of women will go into labour (without any help or intervention) within 24 hours of their membranes rupturing (waters breaking). The rate of labour (without any help or intervention) after this is 5% per day.
Title - The effects of giving formula milk to a breastfed babyDescription - Breast milk contains all the food and water a healthy baby needs until they are six months old. In the first few days, your breasts produce colostrum, the valuable first milk. Healthy, full term babies do not need “top up” feeds of formula milk, as your colostrum is perfect for your baby’s needs, even in small amounts.
Title - Transvaginal Cervical Cerclage (Stitch)Description - This information is for you to make an informed decision about your care. This leaflet aims to help you better understand your health and the options available for you and your care. We are here to support you to make a decision that is right for you. If you have any further questions, then please ask any member of the preterm birth clinic team and we will support you and answer your questions.
Title - Vaginal Progesterone Pessaries(Cyclogest) for preterm birth prevention in singleton pregnanciesDescription - Progesterone is a natural hormone made by the body throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle. During pregnancy, it helps to support the growing uterus and prevent uterine contractions. In certain women who have a higher risk of preterm birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), treatment with vaginal progesterone pessaries may help to minimise the chance of this happening.
Title - You and your premature babyDescription - This leaflet is written for parents who are at risk of having a very premature baby (delivering between 22 and 25 weeks of pregnancy). We will help you to make some important choices about your care before and during labour if this was to happen. This leaflet contains important information to help you decide what would be best for you, your baby and your family. We are happy to go through this leaflet with you to explain things further and give you a chance to ask questions. The obstetricians (doctor who look after pregnant women) and neonatologist (doctor who look after sick newborn babies) will discuss with you what it may mean for your baby if he or she delivers early. Babies born very prematurely may not survive or may have long term problems. These problems are set out in more detail below. The chances of survival depend on many factors including how many weeks into the pregnancy you are, birth weight, any abnormalities picked up on scan, how strong they are when they are born and whether there is any infection present. You will be offered a visit to the neonatal unit, which is where your baby is likely to receive specialist care, if delivered early.