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Physiotherapy during pregnancy

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The physical toll of pregnancy is significant. During pregnancy there will be changes in hormones,
weight and biomechanics in the body, all of which are expected and normal. These changes can
increase the chance of musculoskeletal pain, such as back pain or pelvic girdle pain, and pelvic floor
issues, such as leaking urine. There are many possible post-natal considerations and in this blog we focus on what you can do during pregnancy, to improve your comfort and recovery.

Pelvic girdle, back and hip pain
During pregnancy, around 20% of women experience discomfort in their pelvis and hips, this is
known as ‘pelvic girdle pain’. Around 50% of women experience back pain. For most women, the
pain comes and goes. Sometimes the pain can be debilitating.
Pelvic musculoskeletal physiotherapy can help with specific biomechanical assessment, and with a
range of treatment options, including:
 hands on treatment, such as joint mobilisation, myofascial release or massage
 prescribed exercises for mobility and strengthening
 advice on positioning and activity modification
 advice on additional aids, such as maternity belts

Pelvic floor issues
Many women, maybe up to 40%, notice a decrease in pelvic floor function during pregnancy – for
example, leaking a bit of urine when laughing or coughing. This can be due to increase pressure on
your bladder and pelvic floor, changes in hormones, or pre-existing muscle weakness/tension.
Pelvic physiotherapy can assess your pelvic floor and give you specific advice and exercises to
improve your function short term, and to help prevent issues longer term such as postnatal
incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
Internal assessments are safe during pregnancy, as long as you haven’t been told otherwise by your
consultant or midwife. If you would like help with your pelvic floor, but would prefer not to have an
internal assessment, physio can still be really helpful.

Exercise during pregnancy
All the evidence available supports exercise during pregnancy. Exercise can:
 reduce the risk of high blood pressure
 reduce the risk of gestational diabetes
 help you to maintain a healthy weight and return to your pre-pregnancy weight more easily
 reduce your baby’s risk of developing childhood obesity, diabetes & heart disease later in life

 have mental health benefits – improves mood, reduces anxiety and stress and improves
sleep pattern
 reduce risk of postnatal depression
 increase strength and stamina
 prepare you for labour and delivery
 reduce aches and pains during pregnancy, such as pelvic or back pain
The National Guidelines suggest 150 minutes of exercise a week during pregnancy. If you have been
exercising regularly pre-pregnancy, you may well be able to continue. If you were inactive prior to
pregnancy, start gradually. Physiotherapy can help with advice for general fitness and exercise, as
well as specific core, strengthening and mobility exercises.

Other postnatal considerations:

Abdominal separation
Diastasis rectus abdominus is very common during pregnancy. Most women will experience a
degree of muscle separation later on in pregnancy, and most will have a natural recovery within the
first few months. There is lots of physio help available to assist the recovery of the outer abdominals,
as well you’re the deep core. Assessment and advice during pregnancy can get you on the right
track with core exercises, breathing and mobility work for during pregnancy, as well as things to do
in the early days post partum.

Pelvic organ prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is the ‘descent’ pelvic organs (rectum, bladder or uterus) into the vagina, and
is surprisingly common. Up to 50% of women will have findings on assessment but may well be
asymptomatic. Symptoms include a feeling of heaviness in the vagina or a dragging sensation, to
maybe being able to see or feel a bulge.
Physiotherapy can assess for prolapse. Mild to moderate prolapses can be very well
managed/treated with conservative measures, i.e. physiotherapy. Physiotherapy for prolapse
involves pelvic floor assessment and conditioning, progressive strengthening and activity
modification. The aim of physiotherapy for prolapse would be to be symptom free and able to do
whatever physical activity you want.

The physical effects of pregnancy can be wide ranging but are usually quite common and very
treatable. If you are pregnant suffering from any of the above, please get in touch. If you are
pregnant and not experiencing any of the above but would like to come in for an assessment or for
postnatal recovery advice, that can be really useful. Book your FREE 15 minute mini consultation today.

Let’s Educate And Break The Breastfeeding Stigma

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Breastfeeding stigma

Sadly, the world does not make life easy for breastfeeding parents. There are still a lot of people out there who have negative opinions of the process and condemn anyone trying to feed their children this way in public.

The breastfeeding stigma is a fairly archaic one that is fed by misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding the benefits and process. But by sharing more about the topic and helping more people become aware of why people do or do not feed this way, we hope to make the world a much more accepting place for parents!

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

It is recommended around the world as one of the best sources of nutrition for babies. A perfectly normal and natural function that supports young children should not be one that is surrounded by so many negative connotations.

Strengthens The Bond

One of the main benefits is the bonding experience it offers between mother and child. This time spent close together helps to create an unbreakable bond that can offer lifelong benefits. A lot of mums decide to breastfeed to experience this incredible time between themselves and the child they are raising.

The physiological effects felt by the parent during nursing can lower stress and create a sense of calm that can also aid in better sleep. Skin-to-skin contact is one heavily recommended by healthcare professionals all over the world – breastfeeding is just one of the great ways to experience this and grow your bond from day one.

Improved Immune System

It also helps with the baby’s development of their own immune system as well as providing them with vital nutrients and antibodies that they may not get from other sources. It has been shown to reduce the risk of:

  • SIDS
  • Obesity
  • Type II diabetes
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Asthma
  • Childhood leukaemia
  • Ear and respiratory infections

Amongst other incredible health benefits, these are risks that can be extremely problematic for young children and so any possibility of mitigating these risks should not be scoffed at!

Aids Pregnancy Recovery

The breastfeeding stigma also fails to recognise the benefits the mother receives. The hormone oxytocin is produced during feeding, causing the uterus to contract and return to its usual size more quickly. This can help to reduce the amount of bleeding after pregnancy and even lower the risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

What If I Can’t Breastfeed?

There are many reasons why a parent may not be able to breastfeed their child. Perhaps they are taking medication that is not compatible or maybe they have a medical condition that doesn’t allow it.

Some mothers simply cannot produce enough milk for their baby or choose not to breastfeed for personal reasons. It can be a stressful and painful time for many so no matter what the reason may be, no parent should ever feel ashamed or embarrassed about how they feed their child.

Below are some more very common reasons why mums choose to stick to the bottle:

  • Returning to work or school
  • Lack of support
  • Personal fears
  • Health concerns

We need to break the breastfeeding stigma and help to educate those who do not understand the process or the benefits. Only then can we create a more accepting world for parents and their children.

If you or someone you know is struggling to breastfeed, it is important to first visit your doctor, midwife or lactation specialist. They can give you support after leaving the hospital and ensure you have all of the resources and understanding you need to make it as enjoyable of an experience as possible.

However, if you cannot or choose not to, it’s just as important that you are aware of the best alternatives available to you such as formula or exclusive pumping. For more information, you can visit the NHS website.

Struggles Associated With Breastfeeding

It’s not always an easy process, nor will it work the same way for every parent or child. It’s important that if you are struggling – you talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible so that they can help you tackle or overcome any issues.


When the strip of tissue attaching the tongue to the mouth is shorter than usual, it can create problems when breastfeeding. Cases can range from mild to severe but if you notice issues with latching as well as any of the signs below, it could indicate a tongue-tie.


  • The tongue does not lift or move side to side
  • Refusing to feed
  • Difficulty with any form of feeding
  • Slow weight gain


Colic is most common in babies from a few weeks old up until they are around 4-6 months. It affects around 1 in 5 babies and could occur whether they are breastfed or bottle fed. Whilst there is sadly no cure, it’s important to look out for the signs and try some soothing methods such as burping, proper latching and sitting up your baby to console them.


If you notice the tissue around your breast becomes inflamed and painful, or there is a lump around the sore area – you may be suffering from mastitis. It’s something not a lot of women talk about because it can be embarrassing and painful.

It’s an important topic to be aware of as it can leave parents feeling run down with flu-like symptoms that need to be treated. Feeding from one side more than the other or improper latching can be some of the most common causes, however, it may also come from:

  • Not feeding enough
  • Milk duct or gland damage

Catching it early is crucial as it becomes much easier to treat. Antibiotics can be used for any infection, but you should try to continue breastfeeding in spite of the pain.

For more information on managing mastitis and other challenges – visit this NHS page.

Is It Illegal To Breastfeed In Public?

Despite the breastfeeding stigma and the fact that some people may feel uncomfortable about the matter, it is completely legal to breastfeed in public areas in the UK as well as in most European countries.

The Equality Act states that it is discrimination to treat a woman poorly if she is breastfeeding. You are absolutely within your rights to challenge anyone who asks you to leave, but the more it is done and the more people understand the process, the more normal it will become.


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Many parents choose to use a muslin or oversized shirt to cover up as they breastfeed in public, but there is no right or wrong way of doing so. Just ensure you feel comfortable.

Benefits For Developing Countries

As well as the antibodies passed from mum to baby, breast milk contains all of the vital nutrients newborns need. It can be a major way of aiding digestion and ensuring newborns are as protected as possible from common illnesses.

In areas with poor water sanitation and high rates of disease, it is often much safer than giving a young child contaminated water. It can also help to reduce the risk of malnutrition and dehydration, both of which are common problems in developing countries.

As well as this, in countries where food is in short supply – breast milk is a free alternative that ensures newborns are getting the fuel their body needs to grow. This cheaper option makes a great choice for developing areas that cannot afford to repeatedly buy baby food high in nutrients or formula that can be extremely expensive.

The formula can also be difficult to come by in any areas that are not easy to import to or are not developed with plenty of shops and cities. As a result, breastfeeding may be the only option for some parents. It’s important to remember that even if it is not possible or chosen to breastfeed in developed countries, this does not make it any less essential for those who live elsewhere.

This is part of the reason why we need to educate those who do not understand. Only then can we create a more accepting world for parents and their children.

Tackle Breastfeeding Stigma With Us

From the 1st of August to the 6th of August this year is World breastfeeding awareness week. We work with parents through fertility journeys and pregnancy recovery – seeing all the struggles and challenges they face along the way.

This should not be a barrier people have to deal with simply to ensure their child gets the nutrition and energy they need every day.

We believe that this natural process should be a comfortable and happy experience for all – without the breastfeeding stigma. This is why we will be discussing your thoughts and feelings as well as professional advice on our social media throughout the week. We hope you’ll join us in asking questions and sharing information. Let’s educate and empower parents everywhere to feel confident about their choices!

Health In The Community: Black Leaders Awareness Day

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This year, July 18th marks Black Leaders Awareness Day. The event is set aside to celebrate the accomplishments and experience the wisdom of past, current and next-generation figureheads in the black community.

These pioneers have worked tirelessly to improve diversity and inclusivity across the globe in multiple industries. We want to ensure they remain at the forefront of society amongst leaders from other communities.

Many have significantly impacted the medical industry and enlightened others on the disparities still faced today.

We want to use this day to build understanding and voice these issues in order to build upon the results achieved by many of these individuals. Our medical community is one uniquely placed to open the eyes of others to circumstances and worries different to their own.

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Black Leaders In Medicine

Throughout history, racism within the medical industry has often been based on the ignorant myth that black people’s bodies work differently and are overall inferior to those of the white race.

As a result, many people in the community have had less, incorrect or lower-quality access to treatment and advice. Especially in areas where we see disparities such as infectious diseases.

Not only that, but those working in the industry have also faced serious discrimination – finding it harder to progress, have their voices heard and break stereotypes.

So, let’s celebrate Black Leaders Awareness Day by looking at some pioneers in the field, starting very close to home.

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett

Did you know that in the UK, black people are at least twice as likely to die from Covid-19 as others? The community has been and continues to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

There is not enough research to determine a definite cause or factor for this statistic, but it is one that clearly highlights the issues still faced today.

A wide variety has been examined, however, from social and economic equalities to biological factors. It is thought that living in more densely populated areas, the increased likelihood of being a key worker and existing health conditions are some of the main factors associated with this ethnic minority and contracting Covid-19.

It is scary to think that even with access to the NHS and free care in this country, there is a community more susceptible to dying from certain viruses and diseases.

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett is a viral immunologist and lead scientist on the team that developed the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.

Not only has her involvement led to the immunisation of millions, but she continues to speak publically alongside other black leaders to build trust in vaccines and other medicine amongst her community.

Despite being hit disproportionately hard, a lot of the black community remains mistrustful of medicine and medical institutions given the history of racist policies and practices.

Dr Corbett now focuses her time on public speaking as well as mentoring young women of colour in STEM.

Dr Camara Phyllis Jones

Dr Jones is a physician, epidemiologist and ex-president of the Public Health Association who has dedicated decades to realising, measuring and fighting against the impacts of racism on the health of those living in the US.

Her aim is to widen the debate about social determinants of poor health across minority communities. There are many elements surrounding this topic that are difficult for many to understand or discuss and so by creating a platform that educates – there is hope that her work may lead to a National Campaign Against Racism.

Henrietta Lacks

Black Leaders Awareness Day is not only celebrating those who have actively participated in work for the community but those whose legacies and impact lives on.

The year 2020 marked 100 years since Lack’s birth. Having died at the age of 31, she had previously been diagnosed with aggressive Cervical Cancer at one of the only hospitals in the area that would treat people of colour. 

Whilst at the hospital, a doctor removed some of Henrietta’s cells without consent or knowledge from Lacks or her family. This was unfortunately legal at the time and in doing so, he noticed that these cells were essentially ‘immortal’ – replicating rapidly with an extraordinary ability to survive.

Since then, her cells have been involved in key discoveries within the cancer, immunology and infectious disease fields. One of their most recent applications being within the Covid-19 vaccine research as well as historic polio and HPV vaccines.

However amazing her contribution has been to the entire medical industry, her story also highlights the racial inequalities within the system.

Due to the lack of institutions willing to welcome ethnic minorities, access to proper healthcare was slight or non-existent for much of history. As well as this, none of the profits made from her contributions was ever given back to the Lacks family, nor were they approached for further consent or compensation.

However, decades later, the family entered into a data use agreement, providing them with more control over the regulation of further discoveries using Henrietta’s cells. Because of this, her legacy lives on and continues to pave the way in multiple medical fields – also proving that dedication and education are the way forwards to achieving justice.

Struggles Of Women Of Colour

Shockingly, there are a huge number of disparities in Black women’s healthcare, including even the ability to access proper levels of treatment and support. But it does not stop there.

  • Maternal mortality and injury rates are higher for Black women.
  • Black women experience higher infertility rates – paired with racism and less access to fertility care when they need it.
  • Health disparities in the Black community typically receive very little funding, leaving it almost impossible to access the correct care.
  • Underrepresentation of Black women within clinical trials means that this necessary research and education is even further out of reach for the community.
  • As well as clinical trials, the lack of biomedical data from Black women means that further health disparities can go unrecognised for long periods – causing these individuals to suffer even more stigmatisation and discrimination.

Much like we mentioned earlier, some of these factors could be down to causes such as pre-existing health conditions. However, to this day Black women are still mistreated within the healthcare industry because of racism and false beliefs.

Many professionals still even operate under the false belief that black women have a higher pain tolerance. This can result in omitted access to pain relief or the assumption that treatment for injury and certain illnesses is unnecessary because they can live with it.

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Racism has been shown to have a direct impact on health outcomes – both mental and physical. It can lead to conditions such as anxiety, high blood pressure and even premature births. So even the case of discrimination in day-to-day lives could be impacting their well-being and the outcome of larger medical occurrences like pregnancy or disparities such as HIV.

There is also a lack of black doctors and nurses in the NHS. In fact, the website shows that as of 2020 77.9% of all NHS staff were white. This can lead to feelings of mistrust and anxiety amongst black women when attending appointments, doubled with the fear of discrimination and racism.

It’s vital that we continue to support black-led initiatives such as Black Leaders Awareness Day, in order to help address these issues. Education is key in promoting change. Black women deserve to feel confident, safe and supported throughout any health journey they may experience throughout their lives.

With access to services like our own here at The Surrey Park Clinic, people of every race, religion and background can be guaranteed the advice, support and treatment they need to maintain their health and wellbeing.

It also allows for more research to be undertaken, improving the entire industry’s understanding of health disparities within the Black community.

We are also proud to have an incredibly professional team made up of people of many ethnicities who have originated from and studied all over the world in a range of specialities.

Because of this, we pride ourselves on having created an inclusive, welcoming environment for everybody who needs our services. We believe this should be the case all over the world and that more should be educated on the issues still faced by people of colour today.

From screenings to testing and wellbeing services, medical care should not be a luxury. Nor should it be provided differently to people of varying community backgrounds.

Support Black Leaders Awareness Day With Us

July 18th is an important date to remember in order to keep fighting for black rights and progress, and also a time to celebrate pioneers in the community – both past and present.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this day by sharing this blog or stories of your own with us on social media. Using the hashtag #BlackLeadersAwarenessDay will ensure your support is recognised by like-minded others and that you can help spread the word to as many people as possible.

Don’t forget, if you feel let down in any way by your healthcare provider, it is important not to stop seeking help but to ensure you speak up for your body. There are teams out there like our own that will ensure you get the best possible care in a way that ensures you feel safe and seen.

Give us a call.

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Why You Should Be Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

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International Women’s Day 2022

Tuesday 8th March is set this year for International Women’s Day 2022. It is a worldwide event that celebrates the achievements of women. Since the early 1900s, we have been recognising the political, economic and social accolades of women all over and using this as a time to strive for gender equality. 

As specialists in fertility and women’s health, we feel very strongly about empowerment and fulfilment. That’s why we will be celebrating the accomplishments of our own clients and staff as well as women from all other walks of life.  We would love for you to join us in doing the same. 

On Wednesday 9th March, we will be hosting a special event focusing on Women’s Health. If you’d like to come along, join us at the Hub on the Park cafe in Guildford.

Hosted by our very own Katie Biddiss, Clinic Director, we’ll also be joined by:

  • Dr Alex Standring: Menopause Specialist
  • Emma Menzies: Coach and Fertility at work coach
  • Annabel Cussen: Physiotherapist, Specialist in women’s health

You can register for tickets on Eventbrite. We’d love to see you and it will be a great way to celebrate.

Women’s Health

Our mission and one that is shared amongst others during International Women’s Day 2022 is to assist women towards a position of power. This will give them the opportunity to make informed decisions about their health. 

Reproductive health conditions affect women’s health and emotional wellbeing on a daily basis and can range in severity in terms of the impact their condition has on their everyday life.

We want them to disregard the stigma around gynaecological treatments, fertility and other areas such as menopause where patients may feel particularly anxious or embarrassed. Only by doing so can women get a clear and personal understanding of their needs.

The aim of this will be to encourage them to make the decisions that benefit their body and wellbeing – without being influenced by external factors. Our friendly team will always champion your individual health pathway and lead you towards a fully supported and educated outcome. 

All of this is a constant factor within our clinic but will shine particularly brightly in partnership with the #BreakTheBias theme of International Women’s Day 2022.

As well as creating a safe environment for patients and offering the best standards of care and information – we want people to start talking about their worries, concerns and asking questions about all areas of women’s health. 

Once this becomes a daily occurrence in our lives, the bias around these topics will begin to dissipate. While keeping them behind closed doors is necessary for many personal cases – the broader topics themselves should be spoken about. 


A focal point for this year’s celebrations is the push towards gender equality. This means campaigning for a world free from discrimination and stereotypes. 

Whether deliberate or not, bias has always made it difficult for women to be heard and move forward in their lives. Despite celebrating this day for many decades, the aim to achieve equality has still not been fully realised. 

Amongst the gender pay gaps, fewer business opportunities and lack of belief when women begin speaking out – there are many other areas in life where women are set back due to bias. 

Many people have been through the struggle of approaching professionals with questions about their mental and physical health and it is overlooked. All over, women have missed out on important testing or examinations for serious conditions simply because they are accused of overreacting or worrying about nothing.

As our clinic specialises in the complex areas of women’s health, we understand the signs and symptoms of these issues. We also run a consultant-led initiative that ensures women see the same consultant for the duration of their communication with us. 

This allows us to provide expert services with complete and specialist information provided by those who understand the topics the best. It is our aim to eradicate this bias and tackle the issues of late diagnosis and misunderstanding symptoms. 

Not only will the push for gender equality help to achieve this, but simply by listening to our patients and the women in our lives – we can increase understanding of these issues and educate more people. 

How Can You Get Involved – International Women’s Day 2022

Everyone can celebrate and show their support for this cause. It’s important that as many people as possible get involved in the day and are becoming more aware of the problems women still face in today’s society.

Spreading Awareness

This year, the campaign is calling for people to post images on social media and around the internet of themselves in a #BreakTheBias pose. People will be crossing their arms in front of their chest to represent that enough is enough. 

It’s time to stop, take a stand and approach the issue of equality head-on. So one thing you can do is be a part of this movement – post to all your social media platforms and use the trending hashtags on Tuesday 8th March. 

International Women’s Day 2022

Join Our Event

As we mentioned at the start of this blog, the team at The Surrey Park Clinic are hosting an event in Guildford to celebrate this day. 

As women, we often put everyone else’s health and wellbeing before our own. It is second nature to many and can lead to us neglecting our own bodies. We’re hosting this relaxing afternoon to offer a chance to network and ask questions. We can then realise the importance of putting ourselves first and taking the time to understand our own needs. 

The event will take place at Hub on the Park Cafe in Guildford and is hosted by our very own Clinic Director, Katie Biddiss. There will be talks from some amazing specialists who will be shedding light on certain areas of women’s health.

Dr Alex Standring will be sharing her expertise in hormones, menopause and other gynaecological concerns. Her personal experiences have led her to strongly advocate for informed medical advice and personalised treatment for women. 

Emma Menzies will also be speaking. As a professional coach for women experiencing fertility challenges – her aim is to empower those to manage their careers and find fulfilment on the road to motherhood. Fertility is an incredibly important topic that has been classed as taboo in the past, so speakers like Emma are shining a light on the issues surrounding it. 

Furthermore, Annabel Cussen is a physiotherapist specialising in women’s health. Pre and postnatal symptoms as well as pelvic floor rehabilitation are just a couple of reasons women may need physiotherapy treatment during their lives. These pains can often be seen as part and parcel of a journey through motherhood – but this does not mean they should go unnoticed or untreated. 

You can register for our event, free of charge through this link. Spaces are limited though, so get in quick to enjoy the expert panel and networking for International Women’s Day 2022.

Celebrate And Empower

The message and mission of this day is something we should be exploring throughout the year. But this one day around the world gives us an opportunity to gather as allies and celebrate all the amazing achievements of women around the world. 

The message is always louder in a crowd – so a dedicated day helps to draw bigger teams together to promote this one goal in unison. The benefit of this is a collective understanding and education of the bias, discrimination and struggles women go through every day. 

Now is the time to speak out and #BreakTheBias – pushing for gender equality. So why not post to social media, join us in Guildford or manage your own campaign to show support and celebrate.

The Surrey Park Clinic 

Whether you require fertility assistance to conceive, treatment for gynaecological conditions, help and advice for managing menopause or pregnancy scans, the clinical team will ensure your time with us is tailored to your individual requirements.

Our services are consultant-led and our specialists are available for daytime, evening and weekend appointments, in which they consciously take the time to fully understand and listen to your needs.

It’s time to ask questions and be confident that you will be heard.

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Pregnancy Scan – Full Bladder or Not?

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Many patients coming for pregnancy scans wonder about preparation. From 6- 8 weeks gestation we would normally recommend having a transvaginal (internal) scan to see the baby clearly.

For this type of examination, the patient is asked to empty their bladder. For scans 9+ weeks we can often do the scan abdominally (across the tummy) and a full bladder can help in getting a good view of your baby. Don’t worry though: if you’re not sure of your dates, or don’t feel you would be happy with an internal scan, just come to your appointment with a full (ish) bladder and we can discuss it all with you on the day.

HCG Pregnancy Blood Test: Do I need one?

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What is an HCG Blood Test?

By H Boys (Registered Nurse)


Firstly, if you have just found out you are pregnant CONGRATULATIONS!!!

An HCG blood test can identify the presence and level of the pregnancy hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin in a woman’s own blood sample. This is the same hormone that is picked up in the urine, with home pregnancy testing kits. At The Surrey Park Clinic, we offer the HCG blood test as a ‘same day’ result if required (£61.25 + nurse fee). Alternatively, we can offer a turnaround time of 24-48 hours (£49 + nurse fee).

Whilst the presence of the HCG hormone can identify a ‘positive’ test, it cannot confirm the stage of pregnancy or whether the pregnancy is progressing. The report will give a number (milli-international units per ml) alongside the lab parameters expected at a certain stage of pregnancy. It is important to note that these parameters can vary greatly from person to person.


“We offer an HCG blood test as a ‘same day’ result”


Some women may have been asked by their GP or specialist (a fertility specialist for example) to do an HCG blood test, so that they can monitor their levels closely.

HCG blood tests are not recommended as a replacement for home urine tests, which are just as effective at identifying a pregnancy, if taken at the appropriate time. The blood test is usually recommended if clinically indicated; for example, if a woman is under the care of a Fertility/Gynaecology specialist, if they are experiencing unusual cramping/spotting or if they have reason to be concerned that their pregnancy is not progressing. In this scenario, it is always best to take guidance from their GP or specialist before booking these tests. The doctor may suggest doing two or more tests, between 48 hour periods to see if the levels are doubling.


“HCG blood tests are not recommended as a replacement for home urine tests.”


Whilst an HCG blood test result can offer reassurance to a woman/couple in the early stages of pregnancy, it cannot be used as a diagnostic tool.  Unusual symptoms can be a normal part of early pregnancy, but in some cases further monitoring (including scanning) and medical support is required to rule out conditions including a biochemical pregnancy, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. In emergencies, it is recommended to seek medical advice via A&E or your local Early Pregnancy Unit.

If you do need to book an appointment, you can do so online by clicking here. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of the team for more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01483 454 016 / [email protected]

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Over the counter HRT

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Following last weeks announcement about over the counter HRT for women +50, here Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Jay Chatterjee talks about what you need to know.

Making HRT more accessible is definitely a step in the right direction, but it is important that women do not self diagnose. Seeking expert advice and guidance is fundamental to ensure that you are receiving the right treatment and dosage.

If you are concerned, worried or just need some advice around where to start, please do get in touch. Our team of experts and specialist doctors are here for you.

For more information about how we can help you or a loved one, please follow the link here. 


Putting your health first Podcast

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Our Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, Lilian Ugwumadu was invited to speak on The Confidence Conversations Podcast, hosted by Joy Burnford. This episode focused on putting your health first, and as a busy working mother of two, Lilian knows all too well how easy it is to disregard your own health concerns. Do give this podcast a listen to find out why you should put your health first.

Here’s a snippet of the podcast and you can find the full episode here

Interested in Freezing your eggs?

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We are delighted to be hosting an information evening on egg freezing with our Medical Director and Fertility Specialist, Mr Emmanuel Kalu on February 16th at 7pm. More and more women are looking to freeze their eggs if they are not ready to start a family so this event will be very informative in understanding what is involved.

We are all born with a finite number of eggs and from the age of 35, not only do the number of eggs decline more rapidly, the quality of these eggs also deteriorates. Click here for information about egg freezing, or join Mr Kalu on the 16th February to find out more. Spaces are limited so please email [email protected] to secure your place.