If you have pre-existing diabetes or develop pregnancy-related diabetes (gestational diabetes), you will have appointments in our specialist clinics at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals. These appointments will be with a consultant obstetrician, a diabetes consultant, a diabetes nurse specialist and a diabetes specialist midwife.
It is recommended that you start a high dose folic acid supplement prior to becoming pregnant, and during your pregnancy. You can see your GP who can prescribe this for you and give you further advice on plans for your pregnancy.
- We advise that if you are diabetic and are planning a pregnancy or are newly pregnant, you should refer yourself to the North East Essex Diabetes Service (NEEDS). Call them on 0345 241 3313 or email the NEEDS referral booking service
- We advise that if you are a diabetic and are planning a pregnancy, you should speak to your GP or contact the specialist nurses at the Diabetes Centre at Ipswich Hospital.
Pre-existing medical conditions
A consultant will liaise with your specialist team to make an individual plan of care for you. This may include extra clinic appointments at the hospital.
Mental health support
We have a perinatal mental health team which includes a psychiatrist, a mental health nurse, an obstetrics consultant and a midwife. This team will work with you throughout your pregnancy.
Birth choices clinic
This clinic is led by a specialist midwife to help you to explore the options for your birth.
If you have had a previous traumatic experience, previous Caesarean section or if you have other concerns you may find it useful to spend time discussing the choices available to you.
Please speak to your midwife or call the Antenatal Clinic to make an appointment.
Clinics and services at Colchester Hospital
These services are for patients of Colchester, Clacton and Harwich hospitals.
The Daisy Team
The Daisy Team can support you throughout your pregnancy and after you have given birth. They help:
- women with mental health problems
- young parents
- women who have experienced domestic violence
- women with addictions
Please talk to your midwife about this support.
If you are booked at Colchester, Clacton or Harwich hospitals, please speak to your midwife about the physiotherapy services available in this area.
This is a time to reflect on your previous birth experiences. We will answer any questions you have about previous births at Colchester, Clacton or Harwich hospitals.
Clinics and services at Ipswich Hospital
At Ipswich Hospital, you can self-refer to the Finn Physiotherapy clinic if you are pregnant, or have given birth in the past six weeks.
The service can help with:
- back and pelvic pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- leakage of urine from the bladder
- vaginal prolapse
- leakage of faeces from the bowel
- TENS instruction for labour
- postnatal pain on sexual intercourse
- painful postnatal haemorrhoids
- treatment for vaginal stitches following delivery
Call the team on 01473 703 522.
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