Write a list of questions or concerns that you have and take it with you to your booking appointment.
How your baby is growing
Your baby’s major organs have started to form. Tooth buds are growing, and fingers and toes are visible.
Your baby is starting to move around, but it may be a while before you can feel him kick!
How your body is changing
Increased hormones might make your skin a bit spotty.
Your digestive system is slowing down and can make you feel bloated or give you indigestion and heartburn.
You might feel a bit dizzy or light-headed. Your blood vessels have widened to boost the blood flow to your baby, this may cause your blood pressure to drop a little and make you feel faint.
How you might be feeling
You may feel anxious about how you’re going to cope, or how others will react to the news of your pregnancy.
Avoid stress wherever possible. If you’ve had an argument with your parents, friends or partner, are fed up and feel tired, take a warm bath, chill to some music, close your eyes and think of your beautiful growing baby.
Keep eating small regular meals. Now is not the time to go on a slimming diet. Visit our diet and nutrition in pregnancy page for more information. Keep a supply of energy-rich snacks nearby (such as bananas, oranges, fruit and nut bars or oat biscuits).
Have a check up with your dentist. Tell them you are pregnant so you don’t have any treatment that is not safe in pregnancy. During pregnancy, and for the first year of your baby’s life, you will be issued an exemption certificate (the MAT B1) which means you won’t need to pay for NHS dentists or prescriptions.
Speak to your doctor or midwife for more information and to collect the form. You may have your ‘booking’ appointment with your antenatal team between now and week 12. You may be offered your first ultrasound scan between weeks 10 to 14.
C Henderson, S Macdonald, Myles Midwifery: A Textbook for Midwives, 15th edition, London Churchill Livingstone, 2009
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Antenatal care: routine care for the healthy pregnant woman, clinical guideline 62, NICE London, 2010
Gov.com, MATB1 guidance for healthcare professionals, London Gov.com. Also available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maternity-certificate-form-matb1-guidance-for-healthcare-professionals (accessed 4 March 2014)