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Your pregnancy and new baby support

If your pregnancy test is positive, it's understandable to feel mixed emotions: excitement about having a child, worry about the next nine months, and anxiety about pregnancy and childbirth.

Vala are here to support you all the way through pregnancy and beyond.

Am I pregnant? What should I be eating? Is it normal to be this tired? How can I help my partner during labour? Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, we can help you during this exciting time.

Fertility Problems

Some women become pregnant quickly, while others take longer. This may be upsetting, but it's normal. We can help guide you through practical advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Cramps

Leg and foot cramps are most common during the second half of your pregnancy and usually happen at night.

Urinary stress incontinence

When you are pregnant, you may leak a little bit of urine when you cough or laugh. This problem is called urinary stress incontinence, and it tends to become more of a problem later in pregnancy.

Heartburn and indigestion

Heartburn is a very common and uncomfortable problem during pregnancy.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins usually appear as swollen, knotty, bluish veins that may develop on your legs during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones are thought to make you more likely to develop these veins.

Constipation and haemorrhoids

When you are pregnant it is quite common to become constipated (this is when your bowel motions are hard and difficult to pass). If not treated, constipation can lead to haemorrhoids (piles), which are swollen veins around your anus (bottom).

Backache

Many mothers get backache during pregnancy because of the combination of softened ligaments and the increasing weight of a growing baby which alters your posture.

Severe Nausea and Vomiting

It's very common to have some nausea when you're pregnant. But if it gets to be severe, that may be more serious. If you experience severe nausea, speak to one of our doctors. We may prescribe medication or advise changing your diet, or refer you for further tests.

Mental health problems and pregnancy

It's common for women to experience mental ill health for the first time in pregnancy. Women may feel more vulnerable and anxious, and some may develop depression.

  • Fertility Problems

    Some women become pregnant quickly, while others take longer. This may be upsetting, but it's normal. We can help guide you through practical advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Cramps

    Leg and foot cramps are most common during the second half of your pregnancy and usually happen at night.

  • Urinary stress incontinence

    When you are pregnant, you may leak a little bit of urine when you cough or laugh. This problem is called urinary stress incontinence, and it tends to become more of a problem later in pregnancy.

  • Heartburn and indigestion

    Heartburn is a very common and uncomfortable problem during pregnancy.

  • Varicose veins

    Varicose veins usually appear as swollen, knotty, bluish veins that may develop on your legs during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones are thought to make you more likely to develop these veins.

  • Constipation and haemorrhoids

    When you are pregnant it is quite common to become constipated (this is when your bowel motions are hard and difficult to pass). If not treated, constipation can lead to haemorrhoids (piles), which are swollen veins around your anus (bottom).

  • Backache

    Many mothers get backache during pregnancy because of the combination of softened ligaments and the increasing weight of a growing baby which alters your posture.

  • Severe Nausea and Vomiting

    It's very common to have some nausea when you're pregnant. But if it gets to be severe, that may be more serious. If you experience severe nausea, speak to one of our doctors. We may prescribe medication or advise changing your diet, or refer you for further tests.

  • Mental health problems and pregnancy

    It's common for women to experience mental ill health for the first time in pregnancy. Women may feel more vulnerable and anxious, and some may develop depression.

Life Support

Our qualified, empathetic team are available with many years of experience talking your language, in your way.

We understand pregnancy can be a scary, and emotional time. Health problems will be a given, but help dealing with them should not be complex.

Ready to speak to Vala?

If you are not ready, please do stay in touch.

How Vala works for you when you're expecting

1. Register and book an appointment with a clinician
2. See your clinician over video/phone
3. Agree a follow-up and support plan that works for you

Registration

  Free  
  • No commitment
  • Free healthcheck using the coupon 'MOT' when you book
  • Secure central health record
  • Appointments for your whole family
  • Access from home or abroad

Monthly plan

£ 15.99 per
month
  • Talk directly to one of our medical practitioners, with referrals to other specialists
  • Unlimited appointments for yourself, and your dependents
  • Use at home or abroad
  • No charge for referrals into the NHS
  • No charge for prescriptions
  • Access your notes from your Vala Timeline
  • Minimum 3 month commitment
Best value

Annual plan

£ 120 per
year
  • Talk directly to one of our medical practitioners, with referrals to other specialists.
  • Unlimited appointments for yourself, and your dependents
  • Use at home or abroad
  • No charge for referrals into the NHS
  • No charge for prescriptions
  • Access your notes from your Vala Timeline
  • Minimum 3 month commitment

Single appointment

£ 44.99 per
appointment
  • Talk directly to one of our medical practitioners
  • Mental health care
  • Diet and Lifestyle advice
  • Use at home or abroad
  • No charge for referrals into the NHS
  • No charge for prescriptions
  • Access your notes from your Vala Timeline

Prices shown in £GBP and are per person.
You can add children and dependants over 18 years of age to your account.
You must be over 18 years of age to have your own Vala account.
Vala is regulated by the Care Quality Commission

Support Links

We try and publish as much supporting content from experts as possible.

Sometimes we may not have an expert online straight away (for example at very busy times, or in the middle of the night), so these pages and links may be useful during those moments.

  • NCT - The UK's leading charity for parents, for your First 1000 Days - right through your pregnancy, birth and beyond.
  • Teenage Pregnancy Advice - Finding out you're pregnant when you're a teenager can be daunting, especially if the pregnancy wasn't planned, but help and support is available.

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