Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Early pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life but it can be daunting too. The next year or so will be filled with tremendous change and hopefully great joy. You’re probably keen to find out all you can to ensure a healthy pregnancy to help nurture the growing life inside you.
You probably have so many questions you want to ask and this page aims to help you find the answers. Here you will find information about early pregnancy including symptoms of pregnancy, what to expect in early pregnancy, how to cope with the dreaded morning sickness, calculating your due date and more expert advice.
If you need more information or have any questions – ask our expert midwife.
Early Pregnancy Articles
Signs of Pregnancy
Whether you are attempting to conceive or suspect you might be in for a big surprise, many women wonder if there are any reliable signs of pregnancy. The simple answer is yes!
Getting serious about Folic Acid
Folic Acid is a Vitamin from the B group that is needed for healthy growth and development. While everyone needs Folic Acid it is especially important for women of childbearing age, particularly those planning a pregnancy. Folic Acid enables the healthy development of babies in early pregnancy and significantly reduces the risk of certain abnormalities called neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.
These days, you don’t need to wait to see your midwife or doctor to find out whether you’re pregnant. Instead, you can opt for self-testing. Home pregnancy testing can be the easy way to go.
Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
Nausea and vomiting affect 50-90% of pregnancies. Although referred to as 'morning sickness' the nausea and vomiting in pregnancy may occur throughout the day.
Early Pregnancy Questions
The first twelve weeks of pregnancy is called the first trimester. In early pregnancy your body goes through amazing changes to support your baby. These changes affect you both physically and emotionally.
Symptoms of Pregnancy
You may begin to suspect you are pregnant very soon after the baby is conceived or you may not have any pregnancy symptoms till much later. We’ve listed some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy.
Early Pregnancy - What to Expect
Even before you’ve missed a period, you may suspect – or hope – you are pregnant. Usually, the signs of early pregnancy are obvious. Nausea, a bloated tummy, period pain-like cramps, fuller breasts, and loss of sexual desire: they’re all signs you may be pregnant.
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
Bleeding at any stage of pregnancy is not considered normal and advice from a midwife or doctor should be sought.