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Pregnant!… What now?

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
    preparation guide.
  • 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
    good position.
  • 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.

Signs and symptoms of pregnancy

There are many physical signs that you might be pregnant.

Find out about the most common pregnancy symptoms.