You at 5 weeks
This is the time of the first missed period, when most women are only just beginning to think they may be pregnant.
Find out what to expect on your NHS pregnancy journey.
Antenatal care (also called pregnancy or maternity care) is the care you get from midwives and doctors during your pregnancy to make sure you and your baby are as well as possible.
Contact your GP or your preferred maternity service promptly once you know you're pregnant so you start getting care at the right time. They'll arrange your first midwife appointment.
Starting your maternity care early in pregnancy is important if you have a health condition that may affect your pregnancy, such as heart or lung conditions, epilepsy, mental health problems, diabetes or asthma.
Your doctor or midwife will be able to advise you if you're taking medicines for your condition while you're pregnant, and provide the specialist care you and your baby need.
Do not stop taking any prescribed medicine without checking with your doctor or midwife first.
Things to think about
You're advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day while you're trying to get pregnant and until the 12th week of pregnancy.
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Avoid some foods in pregnancy to protect against infections.
You can save a to-do list to keep track of things to do, such as taking folic acid and getting free dental care.
Talk to your midwife, doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicines you buy from a pharmacy when you're pregnant, or any herbal or homeopathic remedies.
The Start4Life site has more about you and your baby at 5 weeks of pregnancy.
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