Being pregnant

When you have found out that you are pregnant, there are a lot of things you need to know. Sometimes just knowing where to start and which information you can trust can be a challenge. On the following pages you will find out information of the various tests and scans you will need, what is safe for both you and your baby and what are the best lifestyle changes you might need to make to have a health pregnancy and baby. We also have information on how your baby will develop and grow over the next 9 months and also some of the common issues that most women encounter during their pregnancy.

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Your health

What you put in your body before falling pregnant, during your pregnancy and after the birth can effect your baby. Find out what you can do to increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

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Your body

During pregnancy your body goes through many changes to accommodate for the baby growing inside you. It is important to maintain your fitness and also to be aware of what you can and can't do.

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Checkups and scans

Knowing what checkups and scans to have and when to have them during your pregnancy is important information for every pregnant woman.

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First trimester

Finding out you are pregnant can be a very exciting and nervous time. There are lots of things to consider and plan and you'll need to know some key things to help you do that.

Second trimester

By the second trimester of your pregnancy, your baby is fully formed and growth continues. If you've had morning sickness, you should find that it starts to ease off around this time.

Third trimester

You’re on the home stretch! This is the first week of the last part of your pregnancy. In some ways, these final three months are a bit like the first three.

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Your wellbeing

Looking after yourself during your pregnancy, both physically and mentally, is very important. Emotionally, you will be going through a lot of changes as your pregnancy progresses.

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Common problems during pregnancy

Your body has a great deal to do during pregnancy. Sometimes the changes taking place will cause irritation or discomfort, and on occasions they may seem quite alarming.

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If things go wrong

Not all pregnancies go to plan. These experiences can be devastating for the mother, her partner and family and its important to find out what help and support is available to you.