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Pregnancy and baby guide



Your pregnancy and baby guide





Welcome to the pregnancy and baby guide

Am I pregnant? What should I be eating? Is it normal to be this tired? Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it here.

There are more than 200 easy-to-read pages, detailed week-by-week guides and lots of expert videos, parents' tips and interactive tools to explore.

Before you start, why not:


work out "B-day" with our due date calculator   

log in to create your own personalised birth plan


Want to know if you're really pregnant?

Got any of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy? Read our guide onfinding out if you're pregnant.

 

Popular subjects and pages 

Explore the Pregnancy and baby guide to find all the topics you're interested in and more, including:

Eating, drinking and keeping well in pregnancy


everything you need to know about a healthy pregnancy dietand supplements in pregnancy

smoking and drinking can harm an unborn baby: read our stop smokingand alcohol pages for help trying to quit 

if you’re having problems getting pregnant and you’re worried, you can


Antenatal care and the baby's development

 


how to cope with all those common pregnancy problems, like morning sickness, tiredness and headaches 

find out all about the ultrasound scans and checks and tests you’ll be offered as part of your antenatal care, including screening for Down’s syndrome


Vaccinations in pregnancy

Why it's recommended that women have the flu vaccine in pregnancy and whooping cough vaccine in pregnancy.

Labour and birth

 including where you can have your baby, for example in a hospital, a midwife-led unit or at home, and what pain relief is available, such as gas and air (entonox) and epidural. 

Your new baby


 




When your baby arrives, you can find advice on all the essentials of baby care, includingbreastfeeding, bottle feeding, changing nappies, andwashing your baby. Plus:


 how to cope with a crying baby and get tips on settling them into a good sleep routine

as a new mum,  about the possible changes to your bodyand your relationships, and know how to spot the symptoms ofpostnatal depression

if you have twins or multiples,  about feeding, getting out and about, and sleep issues


Feeding, teething and tantrums


Want to share your pregnancy and baby experiences?

You can discuss any pregnancy and baby issues on theHealthUnlocked NCT forum.



about all aspects ofparenting, including support and services, keeping fit, and going back to work

know the signs of serious illness in babies and the symptoms ofinfectious illnesses such as chickenpox

 how to keep your baby safe, and what to do if they have an accident

at six months old your baby will need to start solid foods, so be prepared with our weaning tips and first food ideas

as your baby becomes a toddler, get tips on teething, theimportance of play, temper tantrums and potty training