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.
Early Pregnancy Articles
Getting serious about Folic Acid By Hannah Dahlen 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. Women are recommended to take folic acid supplements
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy By Jane Palmer Bleeding at any stage of pregnancy is not considered normal. If this happens to you then you should see your midwife or doctor. Bleeding from the birth canal before 20 weeks is called a threatened abortion or miscarriage. The bleeding may or may not have abdominal pain associated with it. The blood loss may be brown spotting, blood stained discharge or bright red bleeding. In fact, the amount of bleeding is proportional
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. Even if your pregnancy is planned, your reaction to it may surprise you. You can feel anything from elation through to unhappiness. Feeling a range of emotions in early pregnancy is very normal. What is happening to my body? In early pregnancy your baby
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. However, some women don’t even notice they’ve a baby on the way. Their symptoms of pregnancy don’t become obvious for weeks or even months after conception! So, in
Symptoms of Pregnancy We’ve listed some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy below. You may begin to suspect you are pregnant very soon after the baby is conceived, or you may not have any pregnancy symptoms until much later. Finding out if you are pregnant is easy. Home pregnancy tests can confirm your pregnancy on the day your period is due, and some can give a positive result even earlier. Alternatively, your pregnancy can be confirmed by your
Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy By Hannah Dahlen Nausea and vomiting affect 50-90% of pregnancies (1). Beginning from before 9 weeks gestation it most commonly resolves between 10 and 16 weeks gestation (2). Although referred to as 'morning sickness' the nausea and vomiting in pregnancy may occur throughout the day. Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is thought to be associated with raised thyroxine levels and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) or suppressed Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels. There is no
Pregnancy Testing By Jane Palmer 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 tests are urine tests that usually simply give a positive or negative result. Your midwife or doctor, on the other hand, may perform either a urine test similar to the one you can take at home or a blood test to find out whether you’re pregnant. Home tests
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! Right from conception a women’s body begins going through huge changes aimed at accommodating and ultimately birthing a growing baby. So too an embryo, right from creation, begins to impact on the physiology of its mother’s body. What does this all add up to?
Supplements in Pregnancy By Hannah Dahlen In pregnancy a woman's body needs extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help her baby grow. In addition, the presence of some nutrients in good supply has been shown to reduce the risk of certain conditions in pregnancy. Having a healthy diet is the best way of ensuring you are receiving the vitamins you need. That said, pregnancy is a time of great strain on the body, resulting in an
Five Fertility Misconceptions By Dr Zeenobiyah McGowan Family planning has been around in some form or another since the beginning of time. We have been making babies – and sometimes trying not to make babies – for as long as this species has walked the earth. We can only guess that infertility has also been around as long. But as time has progressed, so has our knowledge on the topic. That may be why there are so many misconceptions