As soon as a reliable test has confirmed that you are pregnant, contact a midwife or
your regular GP. They will give you essential information from the very
start of your pregnancy.
At the same time, you can consult and inform them about health matters, and should tell them if you are being treated for any chronic diseases.
Your lifestyle can make a difference to your own and your child's health in the short and long term. You can discuss positive behaviours affecting health, such as
- a balanced diet
- a healthy body weight
and risky behaviours such as
- drinking alcohol
- using other substances
- being exposed to sexual abuse or violence
It is an opportunity to talk early in pregnancy about any other subjects and to ask any questions that you may have.
Start taking folic acid supplements (the first three months or 12 weeks).