Pregnancy

      Pregnancy

      During your pregnancy it is important to be as healthy as you can, for you and for baby. It is also a time when you may have lots of questions. From your pregnancy diet, to exercise during pregnancy to preparing for labour you will find all of the information you need here to prepare for the coming weeks and months.

      Laying the foundations for their future, stage by stage

      Congratulations! You're pregnant

      During this exciting and nerve-wracking period of your pregnancy, you can expect your baby to grow from 8mm in length to 6cm. And while their physical features and internal organs develop, the increase in pregnancy hormones may cause you to experience morning sickness. If you don't feel like eating too much, try to prioritise folate-rich foods like green, leafy vegetables and avocados, which are known to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in early pregnancy.

      Your pregnancy week by week

      Fuelling their growth and development

      Now it's safe to share your exciting news, you can enjoy your pregnancy. As morning sickness subsides you'll start to 'glow' – and grow, as your body prepares for birth. Over the next 13 weeks your baby will learn to kick, swallow and pull faces, while they grow from 8cm in length to 34cm. Now is a good time to include iron and Omega 3-rich foods in your diet to enhance your baby’s brain and visual development.

      Your pregnancy week by week

      Approaching the final countdown

      As you both prepare for birth, your baby will spend the final 14 weeks of pregnancy gaining weight, strength and immunity. They'll also spend 80% of their time sleeping – unlike you, and will grow from 36cm in length to 51cm, gaining around 6lbs in weight. Nutrition remains important for you both. But while your baby is busy gaining fat, it's important to remember that you only need an extra 200 calories a day to support this.

      Your pregnancy week by week

      Pregnancy topics

      Diet & Nutrition

      Diet & Nutrition

      The healthy balanced diet you eat now, can make a difference to your baby's future health

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      Health & Wellbeing

      Health & Wellbeing

      From sleep to coping with morning sickness to exercise. Here are some helpful articles around your health and wellbeing during pregnancy.

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      Bonding and Development

      Bonding and Development

      It's never too soon to bond with your baby, and the love you show today will last a lifetime. Learn more about your baby's development in the womb.

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      Practical tools and tips

      Practical tools and tips

      Helpful ways to plan and prepare for birth

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      Advice for partners during pregnancy

      Advice for partners during pregnancy

      Help support your partner during pregnancy

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      Pregnancy Recipes

      Pregnancy Recipes

      Discover our selection of healthy recipes for you to enjoy during pregnancy

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      Top reads on pregnancy

      Questions about feeding and nutrition?

      Our midwives, nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. So if you have a question, just get in touch.

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