HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.

Vaginal Discharge

It is quite normal to experience vaginal discharge during pregnancy. If the discharge is smelly and/or coloured, however, or you feel sore or you have pain when passing urine, check with your midwife or doctor since this may mean a vaginal or urinary tract infection.

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Varicose Veins

A common - and harmless - occurrence in pregnancy, symptoms may be relieved (but not prevented) by support tights. Avoid standing up for too long. Putting your feet up when you are sitting down and carrying out foot exercises also helps.

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Vitamin K And Newborns

A very small number of newborn and very young babies suffer from bleeding linked to a deficiency of vitamin K. To counteract this possibility, you may opt for your baby to be given a simple injection of vitamin K shortly after the birth (or, if necessary, an oral form of the vitamin).

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Vitamins - Babies And Children

Babies who are still breastfeeding after 6 months should have vitamin drops containing vitamins A, C and D. Babies under 1 years old, having formula should start having the drops when they are drinking less than 1 pint (500ml) a day. The health visitor will advise you. It?s a good idea to give the vitamin drops to all children from the ages of one to five, particularly if they are fussy eaters, living in the north of the UK, or are of Asian, African or Middle Eastern origin.

If you are on certain benefits, you may be eligible for free vitamins, milk, fruit and vegetables - check out the government website

Visit for advice on giving children a healthy well balanced diet.

The Department of Health publication ?Birth to five? also gives useful information; click here to request your free copy or to download sections.

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Vitamins - Pregnancy

Folic Acid

You should take 400mcg (micrograms) of folic acid a day if you are trying to get pregnant and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. 

Vitamin D

If you are pregnant, the midwife or doctor will talk to you about getting enough vitamin D (both during your pregnancy and while breastfeeding). You are most at risk from vitamin D deficiency if you are dark-skinned, if you stay indoors a lot, if you always cover up when you are outdoors, or if your diet is likely to be deficient in vitamin D. If the midwife or doctor thinks you are at risk of deficiency you may be advised to take a vitamin D supplement of 10mcg (micrograms) per day.

Vitamin A

Too much vitamin A during pregnancy can cause abnormalities in unborn babies. For this reason, you are advised to avoid eating liver (which can contain high levels of vitamin A) or liver products such as liver sausage or pâté. You should also avoid taking vitamin A supplements of more than 700mcg.

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