Pregnancy news, 16/01/2018
Wednesday 17 January 2018 comes just over two weeks after ‘National Babymaking day’ - apparently the most common day to conceive a baby in the UK.
This means that thousands of women could be looking for two lines on their pregnancy test tomorrow.
Early pregnancy signs
The earliest sign of pregnancy is usually a late or missed period but there are a few other things to look out for:
- extreme tiredness
- breast tenderness
- needing to wee more often
- feeling nauseous, or being sick
- mood swings.
Find out more about the early signs of pregnancy
If you are pregnant
There are lots of things to think about if you find out you're pregnant, but the five most important things you need to do are:
- Calculate your due date.
- Contact your GP.
- Check how healthy you are and see if there are any changes you need to make to your lifestyle, like giving up smoking or reducing your caffeine intake.
- Start taking folic acid, if you haven't already.
- Find out what symptoms to expect in early pregnancy and how to deal with them.
Find out more about what to do now you're pregnant
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.
We take a look at this week's episode of Call the Midwife. It features Eunice, a mum who is terrified of giving birth after the trauma of having her first baby.
NHS England have released figures showing that the most romantic day of the year leads to a spike in conceptions.
The Call the Midwife star has been praised by fans this week for her gracious response to a tweet about her physical appearance during pregnancy.
Maternity fitnesswear specialists, FittaMamma have launched a ‘Pregnant Not Powerless’ campaign to raise awareness of just how important it is to exercise regularly throughout pregnancy.