Hi everyone, I just found out I'm pregnant over the weekend I realise I'm jumping the gun ever so slightly at not even 7 weeks pregnant yet, but I need some advice! I just moved to Leicester with my husband a few months ago and haven't had an opportunity to book in with a GP yet, instead I'm registered with a surgery in Hertfordshire which is where my parents and family live. Having found out now that I'm pregnant, I'm unsure of what to do re: antenatal care and delivery as I'd really like to deliver near my family and stay with them for a while after the birth. I also prefer the SCBU unit in Hertfordshire and as my mum suffered with pre eclampsia with all her children, It's not unlikely my baby will be born slightly premmie either.
Having said that, having to travel to and from Leicester for all my antenatal check ups and scans would be hard, and I'm not sure how a HV / community midwife would be organised afterwards? I know that you supposedly have a choice as to where to have your baby, but how much of a choice exactly?! Could I register with a GP here and confirm my preganncy, then have my check ups in Leicester before moving down to live with my family before my due date?
Thanks for the help guys... getting worried as I want to see a GP asap about this pregnancy, just in case
Congratulations Anna! I am on no3 and personally and this is just personal I think you would be mad to travel to and from Leicester to Herts for your antenatal care. And this is even if your GP in Leicester would allow you to do it. Particularly in late pregnancy you are massive, tired, hormonal and the last thing you'd want to do is drive or get a train all that way every week or so. Also you may change your mind about wanting to stay with your family after the birth. You'll find a lot of MNrs on here trying to keep them away for a while so dh, you and lo can bond and learn how to live with becoming parents without too much interference. But I realise we are not all the same... Also would you do antenatal classes? It would be difficult to meet other new mums in the area if you were doing them miles away. I realise I'm probably not helping much but didn't want your post to go unanswered.