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Starting well

Getting the best start in life

From pregnancy through to teenage years, health and wellbeing is a key factor in leading a happy life.

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Pregnancy health and journey

The Local Maternity and Neonatal System brings together professionals, women, birthing people and families from across our area to improve local maternity services for everyone in our area.

The team of knowledgeable midwives and experts have produced a handy website for women, birthing people and birthing families that covers everything from preconception and preparing for pregnancy, to your pregnancy journey, giving birth at our hospitals and your recovery after birth.

Bump the Habit

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for you and your baby’s health.

If you need help to give up smoking during pregnancy your maternity team will be able to refer you to your local stop smoking service and offer support to quit.

Visit Bump the Habit to find out more about giving up smoking in pregnancy, the benefits for you and your baby, quit-myths and real life stories from other women who have quit successfully during pregnancy.

Every Mum Matters

Having a baby is a major life event for parents, and it’s natural to experience a range of emotions during and after pregnancy. But if these feelings start to have an impact on day-to-day life, it’s time to talk to someone.

The Every Mum Matters website offers advice and guidance for mums, birthing people and the wider family around mental health and wellbeing.

For specialist advice in Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire click here, and for North Yorkshire and York Click here.

Childhood vaccinations

Vaccinations are the best protection we have against serious, and potentially fatal, diseases. Vaccinations protect your children, family and the wider community (including those who are vulnerable or have weakened immune systems).

There is a full, free-of-charge, vaccination schedule for children and young people starting from 8 weeks old, up until 14 years old. If you think your child has missed a vaccination contact your GP.

Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Children and young people may need a variety of support for their mental health and wellbeing throughout life. If you are worried about a child or young person’s mental health, there is support available.

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Start for Life

The NHS Start For Life programme offers trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

This includes in depth information about the different stages of pregnancy, your baby and their development, and supporting your toddler into early childhood. There is also helpful advice around breastfeeding, weaning, walking and talking.

Healthy eating and exercise

The NHS Healthier Families website is a great starting point for anyone wishing to eat better and move more. The website includes recipes, exercise and activity ideas – tailored to your children’s age and ability – and even information on mental health and wellbeing.

You can also download the Free NHS Food Scanner App to help you make healthy choices whilst in the supermarket, and swap while you shop.

Healthier Together

The Humber and North Yorkshire Healthier Together website provides consistent and high-quality advice from local health professionals.

You’ll find clear information on common childhood illnesses, including advice on what ‘red-flag’ signs to look out for, where to seek help if required and how long your child’s symptoms are likely to last.

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