If you have an existing health condition such as asthma, high blood pressure, epilepsy or diabetes, it’s important to tell your GP as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Your GP will be able to review the medicines you are taking.

You must also tell your midwife about any existing health conditions when asked early in pregnancy so they can assess whether you will need extra care during your pregnancy. This should also include any conditions or allergies you have suffered from before. Your midwife will work with you on a care plan.

If you are being looked after by a consultant for your condition, then it is a good idea to inform them about your pregnancy too. They can advise you on how to manage your condition during pregnancy.

If you want to find out about the pregnancy safety of any medications you use to manage your health, the UK Teratology Service provide a medicines look-up resource here.

Ask your midwife to put a summary of your condition and any specific advice in your maternity notes so that the maternity team looking after you is aware.