Review decision date: February 2014

Review decision: 

Following consultation with stakeholders this guideline has now been placed on the static list. 

Next review date: TBC

This guidance has been partially updated by PH56 Vitamin D: increasing supplement use among at-risk groups and CG192 Antenatal and postnatal mental health

This guidance updates and replaces NICE clincal guideline 6 (published in October 2003).

The advice in the NICE guideline covers:

  • the routine care that all healthy women can expect to receive during their pregnancy.

It does not specifically look at:

  • women who are pregnant with more than one baby, women with certain medical conditions or women who develop a health problem during their pregnancy.

Recommendation was updated in November 2014 to take into account Vitamin D: increasing supplement use among at-risk groups NICE guideline PH56.

  • The recommendations about smoking in pregnancy in section 1.3.10 of this guideline have been further developed in ‘How to stop smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth’ (NICE public health guidance 26). We have removed the following recommendation from the antenatal care guideline, as well as the quick reference guide and information for patients. Women who are unable to quit smoking during pregnancy should be encouraged to reduce smoking.

    • NICE has accredited the process used by the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE to produce guidelines. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from September 2009 and applies to guidelines produced since April 2007 using the processes described in NICE's 'The guidelines manual' (2007, updated 2009). More information on accreditation can be viewed at