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The third trimester: 28-40 weeks

As you count down the final weeks and prepare for your baby’s arrival, here’s all you need to know about making a birth plan, packing your hospital bag and watching out for the first signs of labour.     28 weeks pregnant Midwife appointments Now that you’re in your third trimester, you’ll be seeing your […]

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The second trimester: 13-27 weeks

We guide you through the action-packed middle stage of pregnancy: from feeling your baby kick for the first time to deciding where you want to give birth and arranging maternity leave.   14 weeks pregnant Announcing your pregnancy Whether you post a bump picture on Facebook or sit down with your parents over a coffee; […]

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The first trimester: 0-12 weeks

From getting that positive pregnancy test to coping with early symptoms and booking your first scan, these 12 weeks are the start of your journey to parenthood.   You’re having a baby – congratulations! We’re here to guide you through the different stages in pregnancy, your baby’s development, midwife appointments and everything else you need […]

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NHS vs NCT antenatal classes

Antenatal classes can help you prepare for birth and parenthood. Discover the differences between free NHS classes and private antenatal groups plus how to find courses in your local area.   What are antenatal classes? In most parts of the UK, the NHS runs antenatal classes for expectant parents to help you navigate the often […]

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Your antenatal appointments

Find out more about the maternity care you can expect and what happens at routine antenatal appointments. v   How do I book my maternity care? Finding out you’re pregnant can be both exciting and a little scary, especially if you’re unsure what to do next. As a first step, contact the NHS to register […]

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Having a C-section

Find out why you might have an elective or emergency C-section, what happens during the birth and what to expect when you’re recovering afterwards.   What is a caesarean section? A C-section is an operation to allow your baby to be born without going through the birth canal. Instead, your baby is born through a […]

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What to pack in your hospital bag

Have you packed your hospital bag yet? From essentials for your newborn baby to extra comfort during labour, our checklist reveals the most important things to bring with you wherever you choose to give birth.   Getting ready for the birth For both mum-to-be and birth partner, there are a surprising number of things to […]

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NHS vs private maternity care

Most women in the UK get their maternity care for free through the NHS, but there are also private options available. From paying for scans to private hospitals, this guide explains what services are available before, during and after giving birth.   What maternity care can I get on the NHS? Most women in the […]

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Where to give birth

Find the right place for you to give birth, based on your preferences and personal circumstances. Our tool suggests the best maternity options for you to discuss with your midwife.     How does the tool work The interactive Where to give birth tool is designed to encourage women to think about where would be […]

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