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Online pregnancy advice launched

An online maternity guide giving the latest advice on all aspects of pregnancy has been launched by the NHS.

The Pregnancy Care Planner covers everything from getting pregnant to giving birth.

Gwyneth Lewis, the Department of Health Clinical lead for maternity, said: "This new service offers mums-to-be vital information, helping mother and baby to be healthy, before, during and after the birth.

Pauline Esson, the Head of Midwifery at Lewisham Hospital, said: "The lack of a comprehensive NHS online maternity guide has become marked in recent years.

"Just at the time that people are demanding more and more online information, we haven't had a reliable place to direct people to. I will definitely use this planner as back-up to care, and will print out the key sections for expectant parents."

Key features include a personalised NHS Choices pregnancy account, which allows users to be sent information of interest to them; an online birth plan; advice on how to best prepare for pregnancy, what is healthy, the best time for conception; information for dads; health during pregnancy; week by week guide; and the birth and where to have it.

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