Some of the most common pregnancy question answered:
Can I be pregnant and still get a period?
No, once implantation occurs, the body starts to produce hCG and the menstrual cycle is interrupted. Some women do experience bleeding which may seem like a normal period. Bleeding may not be a problem, but you should always get it checked out with your GP. It could be an indication of a miscarriage. It is very important to inform your GP if you have any bleeding during your pregnancy.
My test has come back positive, what do I do next?
Firstly, a doctor should be consulted to confirm the pregnancy. Discuss your options for antenatal care with him/her. You should start to think about th epractical issues – accommodation, finances. You should also think about what type of birth you want – home or hospital.
Relax and don’t over do it, because you may feel more tired than usual.
You should also think about when you are going to tell people and who you are going to tell.
Should I be taking any vitamins or health supplements, before or during pregnancy?
You should have a healthy balanced diet before, during and after pregnancy. Your GP will inform you if you need to take any additional vitamins.
Your body needs more folic acid during pregnancy. It is advised that those wishing to conceive take folic acid supplements for 12 weeks before pregnancy and also during the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy.
Iron is also needed to carry oxygen around the body. Your GP can recommend a supplement if one is required.
What should I expect during my first trimester?
You will notice that your breasts may feel more tender than usual. You may suffer from morning sickness and feel tired. You may also have to urinate more often than normal.
View the Symptoms page for some more symptoms of pregnancy.
The baby is developing very quickly, the brain and spinal cord will be developed at the end of this trimester.
View the Pregnancy Calendar for more information on changes to you and your baby during pregnancy.