This guideline covers the care that healthy women and their babies should be offered during pregnancy. It aims to ensure that pregnant women are offered regular check-ups, information and support.

NICE has also produced guidelines on diabetes in pregnancy, hypertension in pregnancy, multiple pregnancy and ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.

In March 2016, recommendations– were deleted as the guideline they were taken from was updated. For guidance on assessing risk of gestational diabetes, see risk assessment in the NICE guideline on diabetes in pregnancy.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Women who are pregnant, their families and carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We reviewed the evidence in December 2013. No major studies were identified that will affect the recommendations in the next 3–5 years.

Next review: December 2018

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline updates and replaces NICE guideline CG6 (published October 2003).

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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