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North Shore Surgery are committed to providing an unrivaled level of care to patients and their partners who are pregnant or preparing to conceive. We believe that the more you know about your pregnancy and your options, the more you are likely to feel in control. The information given here is based on The Pregnancy Book, which your midwife should give you at your first appointment, and information supplied by NHS Choices. Whatever stage of your pregnancy journey you are at, please feel free contact North Shore Surgery for advice, support and guidance.

Preparing for Pregnancy

If you’re ready to start your pregnancy journey, it is likely that you have many questions about conception and fertility. Your GP would be happy to discuss your plans with you and provide guidance and clarification. You can also read the NHS Choices guide to getting pregnant, which answers many frequently asked questions.

If you are already a parent and are planning to have another child, you may have some additional concerns or questions that had not presented themselves during previous pregnancy. If this is the case, North Shore Surgery recommends consulting the NHS Choices guide to planning another pregnancy.

Your Pregnancy

During pregnancy your body and your baby will undergo many changes in fairly quick succession. Each stage of your pregnancy can, for some women, be very different. These guides from NHS Choices will help guide you through each specific stage of your pregnancy and answer some common questions:

0-8 weeks pregnant
9-12 weeks pregnant
13-16 weeks pregnant
17-20 weeks pregnant
21-24 weeks pregnant
25-28 weeks pregnant
29-32 weeks pregnant
33-36 weeks pregnant
37-40 weeks pregnant
40+ weeks pregnant

NHS Choices also provide many other resources to help you manage your health during pregnancy. Some of these include:

Your health in pregnancy
Common health problems
Antenatal care and classes
Choosing where to have your baby
Labour and birth
When pregnancy goes wrong

You and Your Baby

Once your baby is finally with you, you may have many questions about how to approach the first weeks and months; how to feed your baby and what you will need to make life comfortable for you and your new family. NHS Choices offers some excellent guidance for new parents:

What you will need for your baby?
Your life after the birth
The first days with your baby
The first weeks with your baby
Feeding your baby