The early days of pregnancy

Find out everything you need to know about the first few weeks of pregnancy. From supplements and diet to antenatal care, it's all covered here.

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    First trimester trials

    Constant nausea, indescribable tiredness, aching boobs, awkward white lies...the first trimester is not always easy. In fact, it can be pretty horrendous. Here’s our survival guide to get you through the first 12 weeks.

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  • Check how healthy you are

    Find out how healthy you are with our simple calculator tools and see what changes you can make to help you have a healthier pregnancy.

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    The booking appointment

    Your first antenatal appointment with a midwife is called a 'booking' visit and will take longer than later visits, so allow plenty of time.

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    Taking a pregnancy test

    Pregnancy tests work by looking for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). This hormone is only made in your body when you are pregnant.

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    Morning sickness

    It's very common to feel sick during the first few months of pregnancy, and sometimes for a bit longer.

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    When should I start taking folic acid?

    Folic acid is particularly needed in the early weeks of pregnancy because it helps close the neural tube early on in the pregnancy.

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    I’m pregnant - what should I do next?

    Congratulations! Whether you’re jumping up and down 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 so you can enjoy a healthy and happy pregnancy.

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    How common is miscarriage?

    Miscarriage is fairly common during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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    Telling people about your pregnancy

    Some women might be very excited and want to tell everyone straightaway about your great news. Others prefer to wait to tell everyone else until they have seen they baby on the first scan.

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    Early signs of pregnancy

    How will you know if you're pregnant? If you've been trying for a baby, you'll probably be looking out for signs. The most common first sign is a missed period but there are some others to look out for.

  • How will I know when I am pregnant?

    How do you know when you're pregnant? If you've been trying for a baby, there are a few ways to find out whether you're expecting.

Last reviewed on March 1st, 2015. Next review date March 1st, 2018.

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