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.

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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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Be good to yourself and you’ll be good to baby

5. 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.

Find out what happens next

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Sources

1. Hollis BW et al. (2011). “Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy: Double-blind, randomized clinical trial of safety and effectiveness.” JBMR 2011;26:2341-2357

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

3. Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J (2012) Mayes’ Midwifery, 14th edition, London, Ballière Tindall.

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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  • By Ayesha (not verified) on 25 May 2018 - 13:40

    Hi, I justo found out I al 5 weeks pregnant after trying forma years with muy husband, I al 42, and have 2 grown up children from before, muy concern is that I have B rhesus d negative blood, and muy husband has A +..I nearly lost muy oldest son because he had his dada positive blood, what should i do to prevent problema with this pregnancy, we have waited so long, and at muy age theres many risks, so I need all the help that can be offered, thank you.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 May 2018 - 15:14

    Hi Ayesha,
    Congratulations on this pregnancy!
    I understand your concerns, and this really depends on whether you received the anti-d injection during and after your previous pregnancies? If you did then there should not be a concern and you will be offered the same in this pregnancy. If you did not receive anti - d injection then do discuss this with your midwife and they may refer to you the fetal medicine team and a consultant for close monitoring and a care plan.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwives

  • By lovechildparent (not verified) on 9 May 2018 - 10:04

    hi I just found out im preggies, married. can I ask my Gynae instead to see me instead of a GP? Im so nervous about all this as it is my first pregnancy.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 May 2018 - 11:27

    Hi,
    Congratulations on your news! You can of course see your Gynae doctor if you want to but it is normal( in the UK) to see the GP briefly who will then refer you to the midwife for your first booking appointment before
    12 weeks.
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/antenatal-care/booking-appointment
    I understand that you are feeling nervous please do look at our early pregnancy pages and email [email protected] or call 0800 0147 800 if you have questions
    Warmest wishes for your pregnancy
    Anna-Tommy's Midwife

  • By Pauline (not verified) on 12 Apr 2018 - 08:24

    After an extremely traumatic teenage period/ early adulthood involving an unplanned pregnancy because of rape and him getting violent and beating me up so i lost the baby (don't worry he's in prison and can't hurt me any more), I recently found out I'm pregnant with my first child since then with a partner who loves me!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Apr 2018 - 10:00

    Hi Pauline,
    I am so sorry to hear about all that you have gone through, that must have been extremely difficult for you. But i am so so pleased to hear that you are expecting a baby now, with a lovely partner and a picture perfect future ahead! If you need to talk anything through with us on the midwifery team (pregnancy can be a time of both joy and sometimes anxiety) then please don't hesitate at all! You can reach us on 0800 0147800 or email us directly (and privately) on [email protected]
    All the best Pauline
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife :)

  • By Mummyof5 x (not verified) on 19 Mar 2018 - 10:18

    Hi I have just found out am pregnant again with my ex’s baby he is in a new relationship and has told me he doesn’t want it we already have 5 kids together but I really don’t think I can go through with a termination plz can someone give me advice

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Mar 2018 - 09:41

    Hi,
    We are here to support you and talk through what you are going through. You can contact us Monday to Friday 9-5pm either via phone on 0800 0147 800 or email [email protected]
    Best wishes, Tommy's midwife x

  • By Molly (not verified) on 17 Feb 2018 - 19:48

    I’ve just found out I’m having my fourth baby! Although my youngest is 17 month old, I still feel so new to this! Like what should I do? What should I be eating to help them grow? I’ve been out and got my folic acid today, I’m eleven days past ovulation so very very early. I’m so scared something will go wrong. Thanks x

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Feb 2018 - 14:36

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. Our website is very comprehensive now and gives information on every stage of pregnancy. Why not look at our facebook page too as this will give you reminders and help with anxiety problems.

  • By Mummyof4 (not verified) on 8 Feb 2018 - 14:23

    I’ve just found out that I’m pregnant with my 5th child,I don’t know what to do I would love to keep the baby but don’t think my body could cope with any more stress,my partner wants me to have an abortion as he feels he wouldn’t be able to cope with another one,I’m not sure how fare gone I am at this point but I can feel slight movement already

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

    Hi,
    I am so sorry to hear that you are experiencing such a difficult time at the moment. I think it would be good to speak with someone about how you are feeling and your concerns. Please do feel free to call us, we are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm on 0800 0147 800 or else you can email us [email protected] if that is more comfortable for you. Wishing you all the best, Tommy's midwives x

  • By chantel (not verified) on 5 Jan 2018 - 02:55

    Chantel Morgan Baby Son Boy

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Oct 2017 - 14:42

    Hi, If you live in the UK the first thing to do is to visit your GP or midwife who will help you to arrange your care over the next few months. After that follow our pregnancy calendar for help and tips to maintain a healthy pregnancy. So glad you have already found our site. You can find us on facebook too. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Oct 2017 - 14:33

    I’m pregnant and I’m not sure what to do ?!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Aug 2016 - 11:09

    We've heard it's the same as a Ferrari by the time they are 18!

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Aug 2016 - 05:27

    How much does this whole baby thing cost

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