Keeping safe in pregnancy

The Department of Health has launched a new website called Our Chance to help keep pregnant mothers and their babies safe – maximising women’s chances of having safer pregnancies.

Our Chance has been developed with charities Best Beginnings and Sands to give parents the knowledge and confidence to maximise their chances of better outcomes for themselves and their babies.

With timely diagnosis, most conditions can be well-managed to reduce the risks of stillbirth, neonatal death and maternal death.

Women and their families will be able to learn about how to look after themselves and their baby through support available at ourchance.org.uk and through the Best Beginnings Baby Buddy app.

The website includes 25 short films, featuring real-life stories from parents, healthcare professionals and Our Chance celebrity supporter Abbey Clancy. You can also view the videos on our website. The films cover a range of maternity issues, including:

  • attending antenatal appointments
  • the importance of mental health and seeking help early
  • not smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy
  • being aware of symptoms such as itching or swelling which might point to potentially harmful conditions such as pre-eclampsia or intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
  • being aware of reduced foetal movement

Find out more by visiting ourchance.org.uk.

Spectrum Community Health provides free pregnancy testing services in Wakefield and Barnsley Districts. You can get a free test by visiting one of our clinics.