Pre-Conception Advice

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Mental Health Support

 

  1. Walsall Talking Therapy Service (NHS Talking Therapies)

NHS talking therapies can help you if you’re struggling to cope with feelings of anxiety or depression. Rest assured it’s totally confidential. You can self-refer by calling 0800 953 0995, emailing talkingtherapies.walsall@nhs.net, or complete a form online at https://www.blackcountryhealthcare.nhs.uk/walsall-talking-therapies

Find out more: www.nhs.uk/talk

  1. WPH

WPH offer a specialist service relative to pregnancy (Walsall Pregnancy Help) and a general counselling service and educational service (WPH Counselling and Education Services). Their services are totally unbiased and are there to meet the needs of all, Appointments can be arranged either through direct referral from statuatory organisations or by telephone contact or email. Telephone: 01922 649000 Email: wphcounselling@btconnect.com

http://www.wphcounselling.org/

  1. For further information about supporting your mental health before, during and after pregnancy, see

https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/mental-wellbeing/mental-health-during-and-after-pregnancy

Healthy Lifestyles Services (includes support for healthy weight, safe alcohol intake, quitting smoking before pregnancy

  1. One You Walsall is a free healthy lifestyle service dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of all residents across Walsall. Our services are here to help you make great choices in your lifestyle including: physical activity; healthy eating; weight loss; emotional wellbeing; welfare; alcohol reduction; quitting smoking; NHS Health Checks; We can support everyone – adults, families and workplaces – and are also here to help you to find the right support. For more information:

One You Walsall | Mytime Active

01922 444 044 Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm

www.mytimeactive.co.uk/one-you-walsall

https://www.oneyouwalsall.com/

Online resources

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/fuller.html

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/hydration.html

  1. Healthy Start Vitamins and Food Vouchers for eligible families

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you can get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on:

  • cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
  • infant formula milk
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses

You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins.

Vitamin Supplementation

Eating a healthy, varied diet in pregnancy will help you get most of the vitamins and minerals you need. But when you’re pregnant, or there’s a chance you might get pregnant, it’s important to also take a folic acid supplement. It’s recommended that you take:

  • 400 micrograms of folic acid every day – from before you’re pregnant until you’re 12 weeks pregnant

This is to reduce the risk of problems in the baby’s development in the early weeks of pregnancy.

It is also recommended that you take a daily vitamin D supplement.

https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/vitamins-supplements-and-nutrition/

Your local pharmacist will be able to provide and advice on vitamins required when planning a pregnancy