1st Trimester

  1. Take folic acid 
  2. Keep hydrated 
  3. Avoid alcohol
  4. Don’t smoke
  5. Eat small amounts regularly to reduce nausea
  6. See your GP to confirm pregnancy
  7. Make your first hospital appointment
  8. See a doctor if you have pain and bleeding
  9. Consider a panorama or harmony test
  10. Ask your doctor about aspirin to prevent pre-eclampsia

2nd  Trimester

  1. Get your vaccinations to protect you and your baby (Pertussis and Influenza)
  2. Take iron
  3. Keep active; exercise in pregnancy is important
  4. Watch your gestational weight gain 
  5. Have an anomaly scan between 20 and 22 weeks 
  6. If you are travelling (flying) keep hydrated, move around and wear flight socks
  7. If you have heartburn take gaviscon or ask your doctor about omeprazole
  8. Have a glucose test to check for diabetes in pregnancy
  9. Sleep on your left side (pillows can help you get comfy)
  10. Fill out your maternity leave forms

3rd Trimester

  1. If you have pelvic pain see a physiotherapist
  2. Keep track of your baby’s movements
  3. Attend antenatal classes
  4. Pack your hospital bag
  5. Think about breastfeeding 
  6. If you have a persistent headache, get your blood pressure checked
  7. Learn about induction of labour (what it means and how it’s done)
  8. Knows the signs of labour
  9. Read about caesarean section
  10. Swelling in your legs is common, especially in hot weather so keep your legs elevate

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HEG)

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Gestational diabetes (GDM)

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Ectopic pregnancy

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