Pregnancy news, 16/01/2018 [updated 16/01/2019]
Thursday 17 January 2019 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.
Planning a pregnancy
Around 1 in 3 women get pregnant in the first month of trying, so it's best to be prepared for pregnancy before you stop contraception. There are things you can do before trying for a baby to make your pregnancy and baby healthier, including:
- taking folic acid
- cutting down on caffeine
- stopping smoking and drinking alcohol
- getting more active.
Try our online pregnancy planning quiz to find out if you're ready for pregnancy.
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
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