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Useful organisations

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Helpline: 0300 330 5453
For breastfeeding information, a list of local support groups, and current breastfeeding news.

The Baby Café
A charity that coordinates a network of breastfeeding drop-in centres and other services to support breastfeeding mothers.

Best Beginnings
T: 020 7443 7895
For simple, practical visual guidance on breastfeeding, aimed at parents.

BLISS (The Premature Baby Charity)
Helpline: 0500 618140
Provides support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK.

The Breastfeeding Network
Helpline: 0300 100 0210
Support and information for breastfeeding women.

Family Nurse Partnership
A Department of Health sponsored programme for vulnerable first-time mothers.

Institute of Health Visiting

La Leche League
T: 0845 456 1855 (General enquiries)
Helpline: 0845 120 2918
Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and advice.

Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB)

Maternal and Early Years website
An NHS Scotland website providing up-to-date information, resources and support for practitioners working with or supporting pregnant women.

The Multiple Births Foundation
T: 0203 313 3519
Offers support to multiple-birth families, and education and advice to professionals about their special needs.

National Childbirth Trust
T: 0300 33 00 700
For information to support parents on all aspects of antenatal and postnatal care.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
T: 0845 003 7780
For public health guidance on antenatal and postnatal care and nutrition.

National Teenage Pregnancy Midwifery Network
Aims to improve outcomes for teenage parents and their children by developing maternity services to meet their needs.

NHS Choices
A Government-sponsored information site on all aspects of health.

NHS Health Scotland
T: 0131 536 5500

Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland)
T: 028 9032 1313

Public Health Wales
T: 029 2022 7744

Royal College of Midwives
T: 0300 303 0444

Royal College of Nursing
T: 0345 772 6100

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
T: 020 7092 6000

Pregnancy Line: 0800 0147 800
Provides information for parents-to-be, and funds research into pregnancy problems.

For information on infant feeding.

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
T: 0844 801 2414

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Healthy eating advice for pregnant women

Healthy Start
This website provides information about the Healthy Start scheme in the UK. It also provides food and health tips for pregnant women and families with young children, and information about vitamin use in pregnancy.

NHS Choices
The NHS Choices website offers a range of advice and information about healthy diets during pregnancy:

Have a healthy diet during pregnancy
For information about fruits and vegetables, starchy foods, protein, dairy products, foods that are high in sugar or fat, healthy snacks, preparing food safely, and how to access Healthy Start food vouchers.

Foods to avoid
For information on foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Healthy mums-to-be
Tips and advice for mums-to-be on having a healthy pregnancy.

The Department of Health's Change4Life campaign provides advice and information about a healthy diet during pregnancy.

The web page Diet and exercise during pregnancy, available from, provides 12 diet and exercise tips.

NHS Scotland
Ready Steady Baby is a comprehensive online resource for parents covering the time from the decision to start trying for a baby, through pregnancy, labour and birth, up until the baby is 12 months old.

First Steps Nutrition Trust
Provides information on eating well in pregnancy and infant feeding. The publication Eating well in pregnancy: A practical guide to support teenagers is available here from the website.

Pregnancy Line: 0800 0147 800
Tommy's provides information for parents-to-be, and funds research into pregnancy problems. They have specific information for young women in pregnancy and all their information is freely available. They also publish the following books:

The young woman's guide to a healthy pregnancy for young women aged 16-19 who are pregnant.

Having a healthy pregnancy with information on antenatal care, exercising while pregnant, foods to avoid, and giving birth.

Managing your weight in pregnancy.

Best Beginnings
Best Beginnings aims to improve the health of children across the UK, making the most of the time between preconception and 2 years of age, when the foundations for a healthy childhood can be laid.

See their web page Eating at for information and a short video on eating well and exercise during pregnancy.

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Alcohol and drugs in pregnancy

The NHS Choices website provides information about drinking alcohol and taking illegal and other drugs during pregnancy, including information about alcohol units. See their web page Alcohol and drugs during pregnancy, at

The Department of Health's Change4Life website provides advice and information about drinking alcohol during pregnancy. See their web page When you drink, your baby drinks, at

The Government's Healthy Start website includes easy-to-understand information about alcohol consumption and how to understand units. See their web page Pregnancy and alcohol, at

Drinkaware provides information on alcohol and pregnancy. See their web pages: Alcohol and pregnancy, at
How to cut down on alcohol – tips and advice, at

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists gives advice on alcohol consumption, risks, units of alcohol and where to go for further
advice. See their publication Alcohol and pregnancy – information for you, at

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Counselling service for unplanned pregnancies

Care Confidential
T: 0300 4000 999
Care Confidential offers free, confidential counselling, support, help and advice for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy.


Diabetes UK
T: 0845 120 2960
See their website page Pregnancy and diabetes, at

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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
See their web page Recreational exercise and pregnancy, at

See also the Tommy's website page Your guide to
staying active in pregnancy

Food safety and hygiene

Food Standards Agency
The Food Standards Agency provides a range of resources about food safety and hygiene. These are available to download at

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Helpline 0800 022 4 332
Offers help and support to people who want to stop smoking. See their web page Smoking and pregnancy, at

Resources for health professionals, from NICE

Guidance for health professionals can be downloaded

Weight management before, during and after pregnancy.
Public Health Guidance 27 (2010)

Maternal and child nutrition.
Public Health Guidance 11 (2008, reviewed in 2011)

Antenatal guidance. Quality Standard 22 (2012)

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Vegetarians and vegans

NHS Choices
The NHS Choices website contains information for vegetarians. See their web page Vegetarian and vegan mums-to-be, at

Vegetarian Society
T: 0161 925 2000
The Vegetarian Society is a UK educational and campaigning charity. They produce a free booklet, Vegetarian pregnancy, vegetarian babies, about
having a vegetarian diet during pregnancy, and feeding a baby a vegetarian diet. Available at

The Vegan Society
T: 0121 523 1730
Provides information for vegans.

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