5 things to do when you find out you're pregnant

Just found out you're pregnant? Here are 5 things every mum-to-be should have on her to-do list for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Congratulations! Whether you’re jumping for joy, still in a state of shock, or feeling a mixture of both - we’re here to support you every step of the way to help you have a healthy pregnancy.

Make sure you’re sitting comfortably, take a deep breath, and let us guide you through the early days. Here are five things to get your pregnancy off to the best start

1. Calculate your due date

Work out your baby's due date with our simple calculator, and sign up to our pregnancy email for free weekly updates on your baby's development.

📅 Calculate your due date

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If your cycle is shorter or longer than 28 days, please adjust the number above.


2. Track your baby's development

You can sign up here to get weekly emails from our midwives that track your baby's development in the womb, tell you what to expect next and let you know what you need to do and when. 

3. Contact your GP

This will be the first appointment that kicks off your pregnancy care (antenatal care). Your GP will let the midwifery team know you are pregnant and they will give you a date for your booking appointment, which usually happens around week 8 to 10 of your pregnancy. You may also be able to self-refer or see a midwife straight away, but your GP can let you know how this works in your area.

4. Check how healthy you are

Work out your BMI and check your caffeine intake with our healthy pregnancy tools. Now that you’re pregnant you may need to make some simple lifestyle changes to help your growing baby.

Check how healthy you are with our healthy pregnancy tools.

5. Focus on these for a safer pregnancy

6. Manage your early pregnancy symptoms

The first few weeks of pregnancy can be the toughest when it comes to feeling iffy. Tiredness, sore boobs and morning sickness are all common in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Find out how to cope with them.

There are some symptoms that could be a sign that something is wrong. Be aware of these with our symptom checker and get in touch with a midwife promptly if you have them.

Find out what happens next with our pregnancy calendar.


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2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2008) ‘Antenatal Care’, NICE Clinical Guidelines 62: http://publications.nice.org.uk/antenatal-care-cg62

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4. NHS Choices [accessed 23/03/2018]  Alcohol in pregnancy http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/alcohol-medicines-drugs-pregnant.aspx 

5. ROCG (2015) Alcohol and pregnancy, Information for you, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-alcohol-and-pregnancy.pdf 

6. NHS choices [accessed 23/03/2018] Why should I avoid some foods during pregnancy?  http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/917.aspx?CategoryID=54

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    Last reviewed on April 10th, 2018. Next review date April 10th, 2021.

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    Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
    • By Gloria (not verified) on 8 Apr 2020 - 17:45

      My situation it’s a bit tricky . So Last time I had my period was last December 23,2019 . I been taking test every month but they are negative . So yesterday I took one it was positive . Like right away it showed the two lines . So my question is how far along am I ? This is all confusing ?

    • By Peace Chucks (not verified) on 7 Apr 2020 - 00:11

      Pls, can one have sex 2 days after last period and be pregnant?. Am experiencing bloating stomach, fatigue cramps and light bleeding am 2 days to my due menstrual period. Please I need advice. I I could be possible pregnant or not.

    • By Hannah (not verified) on 5 Jan 2020 - 21:21

      Hi, I’m just wondering if use could answer a few of my questions. Throughout my first pregnancy it seemed totally different I could eat anything and everything and I didn’t have any pains until I miscarried. This time around I can’t stand any meats they make my tummy turn and I’m only 6weeks or earlier which I though was quite weird. I also keep getting crampy pains in my lower abdomen and the side of my tummy where my last baby was shoes on the ultra sound. I didn’t have a D&C so I’m wondering if that’s what’s giving me the cramps I only miscarried in October? Please can you help me?!

    • By Slynn (not verified) on 21 Dec 2019 - 05:15

      I just to a test and its positive my last period was 11/21/19 how long can be?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Dec 2019 - 16:31

      You can calculate this through our website. Go to the Tommy's Pregnancy Hub, click on 'I'm pregnant' and then click on 'calculate your due date' and you can work out your due date and how many weeks pregnant you are likely to be, using this tool.
      Best wishes
      Jules - Tommy's Midwife

    • By Laura (not verified) on 22 Oct 2019 - 12:35

      Hi,i just found out i am pregnant w days ago,mh test went positive,think its very early as i only missed my period for few days..I am not sure if i have to contact gp even if its still very early.I am kind of scared as not sure what i have to so ,i havent told anyone apart from my bf but he works away so its kind of difficult for me.

    • By Cassandra Djan (not verified) on 13 Sep 2019 - 17:54

      Have been menstrating every month and the done the pregnancy test kit and it showing negative and have still done the pregnancy test (blood) and the result was negative but I am feeling something in my stomach

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 25 Aug 2019 - 22:04

      I found that I am pregnant 3 month and and I am hiv positive and I was not using treatment.i started treatment on Arv when I am four months pregnant it's possible dat my baby will born negative am afraid I used to pray everyday.

    • By Rato (not verified) on 18 Jul 2019 - 14:52

      Hy guy I need help I had sex before my menstruction so now I feel tired and some cramps so I think am pregnant

    • By sue (not verified) on 5 Jun 2019 - 18:16

      Hi guys I need your help,I removed my jadell implanon on date 24th May...and on that day I had some spotting ,it continued for four days and stopped... since the removal,ve been having regular sex with my partner, it's now two weeks since,and ve not seen my periods,am having bloated stomach, dizziness, fatigue and nausea, could I be pregnant....

    • By Paola tabares (not verified) on 20 Jun 2019 - 18:10

      Hi sue,

      I started feeling the same symptoms a week ago. Decided to take an urine test and it came out positive!!! You should take one dont be scared :)

    • By princess (not verified) on 22 Dec 2019 - 14:43

      what are the things that i am going to use if im pregnant?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Dec 2019 - 14:47

      You can either buy a home pregnancy test from your local pharmacy, or make an appointment with your GP, or visit your local chemist. Take along a clean urine specimen (preferably one from first thing in the morning) and they can test your urine sample for you to determine whether you are pregnant.
      If home testing, always follow the instructions carefully. If the result shows negative and you are testing very early on, you may need to retest after a few days or a week.
      If the pregnancy test shows you are pregnant, you almost certainly are.

    • By natalie (not verified) on 14 Jul 2019 - 12:49

      hi sue, i removed my implanon on the 5th of june and got my period, i have been having lots of sex since then, it’s now the 14th of jul and i’m 10 days late of my period today! i was meant to get it on the 5th of jul! what do i do?

    • By ijeoma (not verified) on 31 Mar 2019 - 11:00

      My LMP started on 24th feb 2019 and my test is positive..i want to know how many weeks gone that i am..

    • By Courtney (not verified) on 30 Apr 2019 - 16:13

      about 9 weeks. search for a due date calculator

    • By Ann (not verified) on 28 Feb 2019 - 16:33

      Can I find out if am pregnant before I miss my period

    • By Courtney (not verified) on 30 Apr 2019 - 16:16

      not usually - sometimes a test can read positive a little beforehand, but most won't be able to pick up until about 2 weeks after ovulation

    • By Immeldah (not verified) on 27 Feb 2019 - 13:52

      Hi!l just found out am pregnant where by l last had my periods on 24 jan 2019 what could be my due date thank you

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Feb 2019 - 14:19

      Hi Immeldah, using your LMP of 24th Jan, you are approx. 4 weeks and 4 days pregnant today, with an estimated due date of around 30/10/19.
      Take care, Tommy's Midwife

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 2 Jan 2019 - 17:59

      Hi, just wanted somewhere to put my worries I've just found out I'm about 3-4 weeks pregnant, I've had 3 miscarriages in the last 2 year's my nerves and anxiety is all over the place, I have a early scan in a week but I'm scared my anxiety is going to take over by then :( sorry for going on..... x

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Jan 2019 - 16:43

      It is completely understandable that you are feeling so worried and anxious in this pregnancy after having had three miscarriages. If we can support you then please do be in touch, you can email us [email protected] and we will support you best as can.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Lee (not verified) on 9 Jan 2019 - 23:05

      I just found out I was pregnant just now and I'm freaking out because I haven't gotten pregnant since 6 years ago when I miscarried at 3 months and 4 days. I don't know what to do right now (I calculated and I should be about 4 w 6 d. I haven't gone to see a doctor or anything. I'm in shock (but completely extatic)

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Jan 2019 - 15:42

      It is completely understandable that you are feeling so worried and anxious in this pregnancy after having had a late miscarriage. Whilst its still early days at 4+ weeks, it is important you see a midwife/GP soon so they can advise you and refer you for maternity care.
      If we can support you then please do be in touch, you can email us [email protected] and we will support you best as can.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 4 Feb 2019 - 18:02

      I’ve also found out I’m expecting and feel extremely overwhelmed.. my best advice for you is too take it easy don’t think to much and worry just take it as it comes amd think positive this time round. I pray and hope you make full term. X

    • By Jennie (not verified) on 16 Feb 2019 - 23:56

      Your experience was very similar to mine. For the first 6-7 months it was so hard for me to try to get pregnant but I am now 36 weeks pregnant! I'm so nervous but excited for baby to arrive! I hope you are okay xx

    • By Nicole (not verified) on 31 Dec 2018 - 01:54

      I just realized I may accidentally be pregnant, but I have so many reasons I’m not healthy enough to have a second child, have been on pregnancy-dangerous medications for detestation, pain, and hypertension, I am very overweight and had a ridiculously high risk first pregnancy. What can I do!? Is keeping the child a bad idea with these awful medications in my system for the first weeks of development???

    • By Kaylee (not verified) on 24 Dec 2018 - 06:20

      Omg I just figured out I was pregnant

    • By Ann lifted (not verified) on 7 Nov 2018 - 07:36

      Am pregnant wit my 1st babies my last period date was oct10 when is my due date

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Nov 2018 - 15:48

      Hi Ann,
      You can use the calculator on this page to see when your estimated due date will be.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Danielle (not verified) on 19 Nov 2018 - 20:01

      Hi, I have just found out I am pregnant. With already being a busy working mum to a 3 and 1 yr old I cannot for the life of me remember when my last period was. :S
      Where do I go from here as I don’t know how far gone I am(suprise baby) x

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Nov 2018 - 15:43

      Nothing to worry about. You are not alone! Just go and see your GP who will most likely refer you for a dating scan.

    • By Patricia (not verified) on 31 Oct 2018 - 18:37

      Hi,,am pregnant and so disturbed I don't know how to tell my mom I conceived ,,and don't have anyone to confide in do you think an abortion is the best solution and if not please advise me because giving birth at the age of 20 will affect my education as well as my relationship with my parents.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Nov 2018 - 11:46

      Hi Patricia
      Both https://www.mariestopes.org.uk/ and https://www.bpas.org/ will be able to help you evaluate how you feel about this pregnancy and what you will decide to do.
      They offer counselling services to help you come to a decision that you are happy with- as well as explaining the procedure to you so that you can make a fully informed decision. All the best
      Tommy's Midwife

    • By Ogechukwu (not verified) on 30 Oct 2018 - 07:27

      I have just take pregnant test at home with salt and urine sample and it comes out positive,is it possible for me to be having sex with my husband,i just noticed that am pregnant this morning thanks.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Nov 2018 - 10:09

      Sex in pregnancy is safe unless you have been advised otherwise by a midwife or doctor. Please be aware that testing for a pregnancy using a home urine and salt method is not a proven effective way of testing for pregnancy, therefore I would suggest to use a pregnancy test from a pharmacy or shop to be sure.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Jaden (not verified) on 26 Oct 2018 - 09:54

      I am trying to conceve. I've had very light pink bleeding for the past 5 days, not enough to fill a pad or tampon, just as I wipe. Its not continuous either. My period was due to start 2 days ago and this bleeding is not getting heavier. I last had sex 16 days ago during my ovulation period. Could this be implantation? I'm too nervous to take a test.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Oct 2018 - 10:33

      Hi Jaden,
      It is very likely that this could be an implantation bleed, however taking a a pregnancy test is the only way of knowing if you are pregnant. If you are not already, then we would advise for you to be taking a folic acid supplement.
      Best wishes,
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Karlie (not verified) on 15 Oct 2018 - 00:43

      I have always been irregular when it comes to my menstrual cycle. I think I have them at the most 3 times a year... although I did go 1.5 years without one once. My last was April 2018. My husband and I are trying to convince I'm just wondering if it's even possible?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Oct 2018 - 16:48

      Yes it can happen but you could consider seeing your GP to discuss your options.

    • By Anastacia (not verified) on 22 Sep 2018 - 22:02

      Hi, me and my boyfriend have been trying since last month for a baby and recently I feel different. I crave foods I hardly eat. I’ve missed my period this month. I’ve been feeling sick (throwing up) but the tests I take still come up negative. I have all the signs of early pregnancy. But I’m afraid that I’m not. What do I do?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Sep 2018 - 12:21

      Hi Anastacia,
      There are several reasons why you may have a missed period yet the pregnancy test is negative. Mostly the situation will resolve in a few days when either you will get a positive test or your period will come.
      Firstly You could be pregnant, but the pregnancy hormones haven't built up enough yet.
      Secondly, You are not pregnant, but you have missed your period for an unrelated reason.
      Thirdly, You could be pregnant, but the test isn’t working.
      And lastly, You could be pregnant, but something is wrong.
      I won't go into any detail here but if in a few days this hasn't resolved, please see your doctor. Best wishes

    • By stuck (not verified) on 21 Sep 2018 - 23:26

      i just found out i was pregnant. ive had 2 bfp and they showed up dark on the test as soon as it touched the pee basically. so my cohsins thinks im about two months the last period i can remeber was ausgust 1 last day of period. but since i didnt know i was preg ive been smoking cigs and weed if i stop now is it going to affect the baby and if i go to the hospital for a blood test will thwy try to take the baby away

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Sep 2018 - 12:30

      Hello. The most important thing for you to do is to stop smoking and arrange to see your GP as soon as possible. You will be referred to your local hospital who will arrange to see you to plan your care. It is always best to keep babies with their mothers if at all possible and it is rare to need to remove a baby from its own family. Please be reassured that we are here to support you and not to judge you. Take good care of yourself.

    • By katie ann (not verified) on 20 Sep 2018 - 03:41

      i am currently 13 and me and my best friend where playing around and we started doing more then playing around. im scared to tell my mother but i took 4 text all coming out positive, you can also see the baby bump starting to form. please help me. i dont understand how to tell my parents

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Sep 2018 - 15:50

      Hello Katie.
      You have several options here. If you don't want to talk to your parents you can confide in your school nurse or one of your teachers. You can also arrange to go and see your doctor. This can be in confidence without telling your parents. You can discuss with them when you are ready to do so. If you want to call us anonymously we are here to support you on weekdays Monday to Friday 9-5pm. We can talk for as long as you like.
      Take good care of yourself. Tommy's midwives

    • By Letty (not verified) on 13 Sep 2018 - 21:29

      I have just found out that I am pregnant, I am terrified, I am a 19 year old. My last period was on the on the 4th of august 2018. What could possibly be my due date?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Sep 2018 - 11:33

      Hi Letty,
      According to your dates you will be due about 10th May 2019. If you are not already, then I would advise for you to be taking a folic acid supplement. Finding out you are pregnant can bring about a huge range of emotions and feelings. If you are worried or anxious then please do be in contact with us and we can support you, you can call us on 0800 0147 800 or email [email protected], we are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Jo (not verified) on 8 Sep 2018 - 13:23

      Hi. I'm pregnant. Now it's 2-3 weeks since last ovulation. I wasn't taking any folic acid while trying to conceive. Can it affect pregnancy in a bad way? Thank you.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Sep 2018 - 10:04

      It's recommended to start taking Folic acid three months before conception but if it’s too late for that, don’t worry but start taking the recommended daily amount now and continue taking it until the end of the first trimester (week 12 of your pregnancy).

      The following link has more information about early pregnancy health-

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