If you smoke, it’s time to stop. This is one of the best things you can do to protect your baby as you will reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and birth. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it's never too late to quit.
Stop Drinking Alcohol
Avoiding alcohol during pregnancy is the safest option. There is no proven safe amount of alcohol a woman can drink during pregnancy. If you drink alcohol during pregnancy, some alcohol will pass through the placenta to your baby. The more you drink the greater the risk of harm to your baby.
It’s good to exercise in pregnancy as it helps you sleep better and reduces your anxiety levels. If you’re a regular then carry on with your normal exercise and classes for as long as you’re comfortably able. If you want to start exercising because you are pregnant, start gently and build up. Low impact options are good to begin with, such as swimming and walking.
Visit/Use Your Midwife
Get in touch with your doctor or midwife as soon as possible so you can schedule the appointments you will need during your pregnancy. Your antenatal appointments check that you and your baby are in good health and that your pregnancy is going well, and are crucial for identifying potential risks so you can get the right care as early as possible.
Meet Other Mums-To-Be
Sharing tips, tricks and highs and lows can help the deepest friendships form - and give you confidence in your new role too.
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