If think you might be pregnant, here’s what happens next….
Think you might be pregnant?
- Take a home pregnancy test – here’s how to choose one?
… Positive pregnancy result… what happens now?
- If you are not already, start taking folic acid and vitamin D. Read about Vitamins during pregnancy >
- You may be feeling symptoms of pregnancy. Check for normal or concerning pregnancy symptoms >
- Your body will start to go through many changes. See our body change article >
- Make an appointment with your GP – don’t have one or one you like/ want to go private – here’s
what to do >
- What happens at your GP appointment – find out here.
- Check which foods to avoid and what you should be including in your diet.
- Give up alcohol and smoking during pregnancy.
Drinking alcohol pregnancy >
Smoking during pregnancy >
- Maintain a healthy exercise regime. Find out what type of exercise is beneficial during pregnancy and what to avoid.
- Choose your maternity care – here’s your options and what to consider.
- How to decide NHS or private?
- How to choose your hospital?
- Think about whether you may want a hospital or home birth.
- Once you’ve made a choice, see how to book.
- Between 8-12 weeks you’ll have your first scan. You can pay privately or go to your localhospital. Here’s what will happen at this scan.
- In addition you can pay to have a Harmony test, which is more accurate at detecting chromosomal abnormalities. Read more about the Harmony Test here >
- Between 9-12 weeks you’ll have your first Midwife/ Consultant appointment – Find out what will happen and what information you’ll receive.
- You’ll have blood tests at your first appointment – find out about blood tests during pregnancy >
- You will have your blood pressure checked and a urine sample tested at each appointment. Find
out what for.
- You will have your uterus measured at each appointment to monitor your babies growth.
- Make the most out of your appointments – find out how.
- You are entitled to free prescriptions and dentist care during pregnancy. Find out how to claim
these and other benefits >
- You have rights at work during pregnancy and should be allowed breaks and time off for
appointments – find out your full rights, including maternity leave >
- Depending upon your pre-pregnancy BMI, check how much weight you should be gaining.
- Your babies development is vital in these early days. Check our baby development guide and how you can promote a healthy pregnancy.
- At 16 weeks you’ll have your 2nd antenatal appointment. Find out what will happen.
- At 20 weeks you will have another scan. You may be able to find out the sex of your baby.
Discover what happens at your 20 week scan >
- It’s likely your clothes will be getting tight and your pregnant belly is starting to show. Check out
our guide to maternity clothes >
- You may start experiencing new pregnancy symptoms. Check what you might feel and what’s
- There are certain illnesses that you only get in pregnancy. See what they are and what signs to
look out for.
- It’s a good idea to start writing down all the things you’ll need for when baby arrives. Read our
- If it’s your first baby, you’ll have an antenatal appointment at 25 weeks.
- You’re over half way through your pregnancy! Now’s a good time to think about antenatal
classes. Find out about antenatal groups in your area >
- You have another appointment at 28 weeks.
- If you want to go away on holiday before baby is born, now is a good time. Find out rules for
flying during pregnancy.
- If it’s your 1st baby, you’ll have antenatal appointment at 31 weeks.
- Now’s a good time to start buying your baby equipment. Check our guide to buying equipment
and checking reviews.
- You may want to start preparing babies room or converting your room to accommodate baby.
Find nurseries in your area >
- You have an appointment at 34 weeks. Start thinking about packing your hospital bag and preparing for the labour. Find out what to pack in your hospital bag >
- Another antenatal scan at 36 weeks. This is generally a longer appointment and you’ll get information
about your labour and when to call the Midwife. Find out what will be discussed at your 36 week appointment >
- At 36 weeks baby’s are less mobile around the uterus. Find out how to help your baby into a
- If your baby is in a breech position, you may be offered a procedure to help turn him. Find out about Breech babies and options for breech delivery.
- Now is a good time to find out about pain relief options for labour. Read our helpful guide >
- An antenatal appointment with your midwife at 38 weeks.
- Lots of women start maternity leave around this time. Find out how to make the most of your
leave before baby arrives.
- It sounds crazy to think about nursery’s before baby is born, but there are very long waiting lists for the
best nurseries in London so please find a nursery in your area here >
- You can start hand expressing milk ready for baby. Find out why to express breast milk and how to express breast milk >
- If it’s your 1st baby, you’ll have an appointment at 40 weeks.
- Find out ways to help induce your labour.
- You have an antenatal appointment at 41 weeks.
- You will be offered a sweep from your Midwife. What is a sweep and how does it help labour ?
- If you haven’t gone into labour by 41+5 weeks, then you’ll be booked for an induction of labour
(IOL). Read our guide of the steps to inducing labour.
- If you are still pregnant, you’ll have a finial appointment at 42 weeks.