As soon as you know...
- Get your folate
Ideally you'll already be taking a folic acid supplement, but if this pregnancy has caught you by surprise, start taking a 400 microgram supplement daily now. Research has shown that extra folic acid, also known as folate, in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy dramatically reduces your baby's chances of neural tube defects including spina bifida, a condition where the spinal cord doesn't develop properly.
- Visit your GP
The sooner you make an appointment to see your doctor, the quicker you can make decisions about your pregnancy care, including which hospital to deliver in, whether you'd like to be a public patient, have shared care, see mainly midwives or a private obstetrician. Your GP will be able to offer advice on this and can refer you for the scans and tests for the early stages of your pregnancy care.
- Book it in
Once you've decided how you'd like to have your baby, it's a good idea to call your hospital or birth centre as soon as you can.
FIRST TRIMESTER: weeks 1-13
SECOND TRIMESTER: weeks 14-26
Between 18 and 20 weeks, a detailed ultrasound will check that your baby is growing at the right rate. It will also make sure bub's heart, stomach, kidneys and bladder are working well. You can ask about the sex of your baby, but while this visual check is usually accurate, sometimes your Samantha can turn out be a Sam!