You are expecting a baby! You will become a mum soon; can you think of anything more exciting than that? Probably not, but it can also feel a little overwhelming. There is a lot to consider, and a lot of things are going to change in your body and in your life. So let’s go step by step. 

First of all, take a pregnancy test if you haven’t already and check for early signs of pregnancy, such as sore breasts, fatigue, bloating or a heightened sense of smell. Some women can also experience nausea, even if that’s more common a couple more weeks into the pregnancy.

You will probably want some details on what is going on inside your tummy – After all, you are in fact building a person! Check out how your baby is developing in our series of pregnancy week by week articles, where you will find detailed information on every week of pregnancy, from week 1 to week 42.  

Your doctor and your midwife will be a constant presence throughout your pregnancy. Don’t forget to make an antenatal care calendar and go to all your visits. Besides the ultrasounds and the tests, antenatal appointments are also the perfect time to ask questions!

 

Preparing for the birth, preparing for the baby 

Pregnancy is also a time for making plans: decorating the baby’s nursery, buying baby essentials and discussing baby names is the fun part, but you will also need to come up with a birth plan. You have many options here, from natural birth to the epidural. Giving birth is no easy task, so don’t hesitate to ask for help – you can check our forums and read experiences from other mummies who already went through it. Captain Mums tries to make it a little bit easier for you with our Pregnancy Calculator, that will help you determine your due date, and our Baby Names directory, where you’ll find a lot of ideas.

You can also join antenatal classes to prepare for labour. Read carefully about signs of labour like contractions so it doesn’t catch you by surprise! 

Pregnancy is both a wonderful and a difficult time. Pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, food aversions or backache won’t make it any easier, but you will have the best of rewards: a beautiful baby!

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swipka777 added a reply in discussion 6 week old on friday ... 3 weeks ago
swipka777 I suggest to read some books about it. I saw some textbooks and books about pregnancy at booksrun.com/ so maybe it would be helpful for you. 3 weeks ago
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Does she also arch her back ? Can you lay him down after a feed and she keeps it down or does she spit up when laying aswell? My son projectile vomited after each feed , done everything in my power to see if it was my milk/formula doing it.. turns out he has acid reflux and he's now on infant gaviscon sachets and ranitidine oral solution , worth a...

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Does she also arch her back ? Can you lay him down after a feed and she keeps it down or does she spit up when laying aswell? My son projectile vomited after each feed , done everything in my power to see if it was my milk/formula doing it.. turns out he has acid reflux and he's now on infant gaviscon sachets and ranitidine oral solution , worth a...

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My baby girl is now just over 4 months old but was 5 weeks premature. She weighs around 9lbs and a half now. Over the past week or so she's been megga greedy. The other day she had a 10 oz bottle in 1 and was still wanting more. The day after she took 25oz in 8 hours, that's more than she should have in 34 hours! Health visitors have advised not to...

Kristenevan My son is coming up for 14 weeks , he has bad acid reflux and on medication but he's constantly hungry and he's on aptimal hungrier milk taking 7oz... Show more 4 months ago
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Ciobanitaraluca added a reply in discussion 6 week old on friday ... 4 months ago

After feeding keep him up and massage his back to help him burp and what i do with my daughter is an advise from my mom she raised me the same is a good thing to give baby after every meal at least 1 sip of tea.Atention:no sugar or sweetners in tea and i recommend PUKA DETOX from tesco with anissed fenel and cardamom these plants helps for colics a...

jada1 added a reply in discussion Eating problems... 4 months ago

not at all dear being mummy is not as easy as it is considered to be lol, however dont worry sometimes morning sickness even lingers up to 40th week so be composed and never ever skip any of your meal no matter what you feel after that as it is important for you as well as for the little life, to deal with dizziness I recommend "no to morning sickn...

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ashley1 added a reply in discussion Morning sickness... 4 months ago

exactly your baby relies on you for his diet so be careful about it, morning sickness is a general symptom which every mom has to suffer from for a while during pregnancy, be composed as there are certain things that can really effectively subside it like "no to morning sickness tea" is a great curative drink for morning sickness, try it and feel b...

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ashley1 added a reply in discussion 6 week old on friday ... 4 months ago

is she breastfed? better if you contact GP and see what he advises, my elder one would also vomit very bad and I were asked to change her formula, I didn't see any change even with formula change but it'd gone itself when she got a little stronger, dont rely on me as every one is different but be calm as it isn't a serious issue, I would suggest yo...

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I have managed to get to pre-pregnancy weight after the baby arrived with supplementing with "mummy magic tea", its herbal and good for both mom and the baby, just want to say that you have options even if you are bound to it which does not match your needs at the moment, nonetheless the worst thing you would be doing is skipping your meal as the b...