If you have any pre-existing health conditions, you should make an appointment to see your GP when you are trying to conceive for pre-conception advice or when you find out that you’re pregnant. This will give them the opportunity to review any medication you’re taking, and see whether you need additional care to keep you and your baby well. If you have been diagnosed with conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy or thyroid issues, you should see your GP as early as possible in your pregnancy.
It’s also really important to tell your midwife about any pre-existing conditions at your booking appointment, and any other healthcare professionals you see during your pregnancy. This includes allergies, conditions you’ve suffered from previously, and any previous surgeries (including cosmetic procedures). This will ensure they can give you appropriate care, and monitor your health more carefully if needed.
If you are under the care of a consultant for your condition, it’s a good idea to inform them about your pregnancy. They can discuss any potential impact of pregnancy on your condition, and vice versa, and they can be involved in putting together your care plan. If they do have specific advice, ask them to write a summary that can be put into your antenatal notes, as not all hospitals and departments in Dorset share notes automatically.