Pregnancy and birth

Everything you need to know about pregnancy and birth

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What to expect on your pregnancy journey

Congratulations on your pregnancy! We're here to hold your hand through the next nine months and more, with support and helpful advice to see you through.

If you’re at the very start of your journey, our pregnancy and early pregnancy sections are with you every step of the way to help you work out your due date and learn more about the developments that will be happening to both you and your baby. You can track these developments on our week by week pregnancy pages, updating you on all the latest throughout your pregnancy.

Birth planning for your baby's arrival

A big part of your pregnancy will be preparing for your new arrival and making sure you’re all set to welcome your little one into the world. Get some helpful advice on birth planning and how to make a birth plan, find out what antenatal appointments and classes involve and learn more about how the nub theory can potentially help work out if you’re expecting a baby boy or girl.

Before the big day arrives it’s a good idea to understand the different signs and symptoms of being in labour along with the stages of labour and how to time your contractions to know which stage of labour you’re in. You can also learn more about pain relief available to you during your labour, and how you can bring on labour with a few natural techniques.