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Having a long-term or chronic condition does not mean that you can’t have a reasonably trouble-free pregnancy and a healthy baby, but you may require extra care to minimise any risk to you both.
Ideally, you should discuss your condition and how it may affect your future pregnancy with your specialist before you start trying for a baby so that they can ensure you are on the right medications and advise you on other health matters like diet and exercise.
You may benefit from a consultation with a maternal medicine specialist who can discuss with you the implications for your health during pregnancy and the impact of your condition on the pregnancy. If you have a health condition for which you regularly see a specialist, a pre-pregnancy counselling appointment can be arranged for you in the Maternal Medicine Centre by them or via a referral from your GP.
If your pregnancy is unplanned you will need to inform your specialist as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
It’s important to continue taking any medication prescribed for your condition unless your doctor specifically tells you to stop.
For more information visit our Existing Health Conditions page.
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