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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 on finding 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 diet and supplements in pregnancy



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



if you’re having problems getting pregnant and you’re worried, you can find out where to go for help and what kind of infertility support is available



Antenatal care and the baby's development



find out as much as you can about what's happening inside you in the first few weeks of pregnancy



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

Find out all you need to know about 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, including breastfeeding, bottle feeding, changing nappies, and washing your baby. Plus:



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



as a new mum, find out about the possible changes to your body and your relationships, and know how to spot the symptoms of postnatal depression



if you have twins or multiples, find out 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 the HealthUnlocked NCT forum.




find out about all aspects of parenting, including support and services, keeping fit, and going back to work



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



find out 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, the importance of play, temper tantrums and potty training
 
Pregnancy and baby guide