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Finding out you’re pregnant is a very exciting time but it also means you probably have lots of questions to ensure you and your baby are both well. At LloydsPharmacy we understand how important this is. You can come and speak to one of our trained healthcare team and get tailored advice for you and your baby.
Prior to being pregnant you may already be managing a health condition which requires you to take prescription medication. How can you ensure you and your baby stay well? New Medicines Service and Medicines Check Up Service
If you’re already living with a condition, we’re here to help throughout your pregnancy with any existing prescriptions you may take. We offer a FREE Medicines Check Up service, which can give you more information about what your medicines do, and help you understand why you take them. Our Pharmacist can also advise the best way to take them to get the maximum benefit for your health.
If you’re prescribed a new medicine during your pregnancy, our FREE New Medicine Service lets you speak to our Pharmacist about your condition and discuss how you’re getting on with your prescription*. We’ll give support and advice, and answer any questions you may have, so that your new medicine becomes a normal part of your daily routine.
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At LloydsPharmacy, we understand how important it is to be able to speak face-to-face with a Pharmacist about your medicines and get tailored advice when you need it. That’s why, when you visit your neighbourhood pharmacy, you can rest assured that we take time to get to know you and your prescriptions. We also make sure that you get your prescribed medication quickly, easily and on time.
Did you know? You can get FREE prescriptions. You will receive a Maternity Exemption Certificate from your midwife^. This allows you to get your prescriptions for free for the duration of your pregnancy and is valid for 12 months after your baby is born. *NHS England only † England only. Subject to eligibility and availability.
Prescriptions must be signed for by an adult over 16 and in some circumstances by the person named on the prescription.
^England only Online Doctor
When you’re rushed off your feet, fitting in an appointment can sometimes be tricky. That’s where our Online Doctor can help. It’s a quick and easy way to obtain your prescription at your convenience. Visit OnlineDoctor.LloydsPharmacy.com to find out more.
You can bring a paper prescription† from your GP to LloydsPharmacy to be dispensed. You can sign up to the NHS Electronic Prescription Service which means there’s no paper slip and your prescription will be sent directly to LloydsPharmacy by your GP.
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Considering how much your body has to do during pregnancy, it’s not surprising that sometimes the changes you experience may cause some discomfort. Your healthcare team at LloydsPharmacy is here to help with tailored advice, support and specialised products.
Experiencing morning sickness?
Morning sickness, which can be a combination of nausea and vomiting is very common in early pregnancy. According to the NHS, around half of all pregnant women experience it, while around 3 in 10 are affected by nausea without vomiting.
Whilst it is called morning sickness, symptoms can last throughout the day.
The good news is that the symptoms of nausea and vomiting often ease as your pregnancy progresses and eventually disappear, usually after the first trimester. Although it can cause you discomfort, nausea and vomiting in pregnancy won’t cause any harm to your baby. is here to help you stay healthy during and after your pregnancy
Top tips to help with your morning sickness
• Tiredness can make nausea worse, so try to get plenty of rest
• If you feel sick first thing in the morning, eat something like dry toast or a plain biscuit before you get up
• Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, and sip them little and often
• Eat small, frequent meals that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat (such as bread, rice and pasta)
• Wear comfortable clothes without tight waistbands Some women find that anti-sickness acupressure wristbands relieve the symptoms of morning sickness.
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Affecting 8 out of 10 pregnant women, stretch marks during pregnancy are very common. There are creams, gels and lotions designed to moisturise the skin and therefore reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Many mums-tobe use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks.
We also recommend LloydsPharmacy Body Care Oil that’s specially formulated with a blend of natural oils known to help the skin to increase its elasticity and prevent the appearance of stretch marks. 125ml £7.99
Haemorrhoids and constipation
Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swellings containing enlarged blood vessels inside or around your rectum and anus. When you’re pregnant, piles can occur because of the increased pressure in the blood vessels.
Avoid straining when using the toilet and clean with moist toilet paper rather than dry toilet paper. Pat, rather than rub, the area.
There are medicines that can help soothe the inflammation, like Anusol which is safe to use while pregnant. The active ingredient provides soothing relief for haemorrhoids and also reduces pain, discomfort and itching. 23g £3.89 Constipation can cause piles too, but there are ways you can help prevent this. Try eating plenty of high fibre food, like wholemeal bread, fruit and vegetables. Keeping well hydrated can also help. If the problem persists you could try Fybogel, a drink designed to relieve constipation which is suitable to use in pregnancy.
Tiredness is common in the very early stages of pregnancy due to the hormonal changes that are happening in your body. During the later stages of your pregnancy, lying down might also become more uncomfortable and make it tricky to get a good night’s sleep.
Health experts recommend sleeping on your side after 16 weeks, and to support your bump with pillows, with another pillow between your knees.
Paracetamol is usually safe to take in pregnancy. However, it is still important to get advice from your Pharmacist if you need to take pain relief. They will be able to advise the right dose and suggest alternatives if the pain relief you’re using doesn’t relieve your symptoms. You could also try drug-free alternatives such as cooling strips or headache balms.
Hay fever and allergies
Your pharmacist will be able to recommend a suitable nasal spray and antihistamine to provide relief from hay fever and allergies whilst pregnant. But, if you’re looking for a drug-free alternative, the LloydsPharmacy Allergy Reliever uses red light therapy to suppress the cells that release histamine, which may help to reduce the symptoms associated with hay fever. 125g £5.99 £2.99 10 sachets £19.99 3.6g £4.79
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Babies often get nappy rash after being in wet or dirty nappies. Changing them as soon as possible is the most effective way to prevent nappy rash, but also consider letting your baby go nappy free where possible. When changing your baby, clean the whole area using water or gentle baby wipes and always wipe from front to back. Nappy rash cream can be applied in a thin layer at each nappy change. Sudocrem is often the first choice for mums, along with Bepanthen, both of which are designed to soothe soreness. If the rash doesn’t clear up in three days, speak to your Pharmacist for advice. Baby health is here to support you and your little one Once your baby is born, a whole new journey begins. From their first giggle to their first steps and beyond, LloydsPharmacy is here with advice and recommendations along the way. 30g £3.29 Untitled-1 5 27/11/2018 11:31
Colic is the name for excessive, frequent crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy, it’s a common problem that affects many babies. Looking after a colicky baby can be challenging, but some of these tips might help:
• Hold your baby when they’re crying
• Massage their tummy very gently
• Give them a bath in warm water
Some babies may also benefit from adding Dentinox Infant Colic Drops to their milk which aids digestion and releases any bubbles of trapped air in their digestive system.
You could also try Woodward’s Gripe Water that provides symptomatic relief from stomach pain caused by gas, acidity and indigestion in infants and children.
Cradle cap causes scaly patches to appear on babies’ scalps. It’s harmless, and usually clears up without treatment. To reduce the build-up of dry skin, wash your baby’s scalp regularly with a gentle baby shampoo for sensitive skin and use a soft brush to gently loosen any dry patches. We’d recommend Child’s Farm Sensitive Shampoo as it has only naturally derived ingredients and essential oils that are safe for newborns. If the condition persists Aveeno® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Wash is a good choice for relieving dry skin. Your Pharmacist can also recommend an emulsifying ointment and give tips on how to use it.
When your baby’s first teeth start to come through (usually at around 3 or 4 months), it can cause discomfort and may unsettle them. We recommend trying Bonjela which may help to soothe the pain of teething. If the pain persists, speak to your Pharmacist who can offer you Anbesol, a pharmacy only medicine which contains anaesthetic. Prices correct at time of print. 4th October 2018 250ml £3.99 150ml £3.59 100ml £2.69 10g £2.39 15g £2.99 Untitled-1 6 27/11/2018 11:31