Early 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.

More on the early days of pregnancy

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    Dos and don'ts for a safer pregnancy

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! This page covers the evidence-based recommendations from midwives of things to do and not do in pregnancy

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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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    First trimester worries

    Smoking, drinking, folic acid and miscarriage. Get answers to some of the common worries in the first trimester of pregnancy

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    First trimester trials

    Nausea, extreme tiredness, sore breasts, cramps... the first trimester is not always easy. Here’s some advice to get you through the first 12 weeks.

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    10 pregnancy myths

    You don’t need to kick your caffeine habit completely. Flying is fine. And sex actually gets better (for some). The truth behind 10 of the most misunderstood pregnancy myths.

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    10 common pregnancy complaints

    You may have heard about morning sickness and extreme tiredness, but what about these other common but less talked about pregnancy symptoms.

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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.

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    Morning sickness - information and support

    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 a vitamin (B9) which is important in the early weeks of pregnancy because it helps close the neural tube.

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    First trimester: weeks 1 to 12

    You're pregnant: congratulations! The first weeks of your pregnancy are a vital time as your body gets busy building a baby. How exciting!

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    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.

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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 you’re pregnant

    You might be felling excited and want to tell everyone straightaway about your news. Or you might feel happier waiting to tell people after you’ve seen your baby on the first scan. It’s totally up to you and what you are comfortable with.

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    Early signs of pregnancy

    How do you know if you're pregnant? The most common first sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Find out what else to look for

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

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