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Pregnancy - a complete guide

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First things first: are you pregnant? Find out the early signs of pregnancy from week one onwards, with our week-by-week guide. We've got advice on antenatal care, what you can eat, antental scans, where to have your baby and what happens during labour.

If it's your first baby you'll have lots of questions, if it's not your first you'll have lots of experience – share both on our Talk forum.


How pregnant am I?

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Use our calculator to find out your baby's due date, then see what you can expect week-by-week as your pregnancy progresses.

Early signs of pregnancy

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Weird taste in your mouth? Always tired? Inhumanly keen sense of smell? It might be time to POAS (pee on a stick).

Pregnancy health

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Find advice on antenatal care, tests and scans, food, fitness, weight gain, pelvic floor exercises… Everything to look after your body and baby during these 40 weeks.

Baby names

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Get opinions on the baby names you're considering plus practical tips on choosing a name – or be inspired with our Baby Name Finder.

Maternity wear

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Don't know where to begin when it comes to maternity wear? Fret not – Mumsnetters are here to help with some top tips and advice, as well as some stellar maternity wear finds.

Coping with morning sickness

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Morning? But what about the afternoon, and night sickness? If you're suffering, fear not – Mumsnetters have these pearls of wisdom to get you through the worst.

Weight gain in pregnancy

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Weight gain while you're growing another human is one of life's certainties. Find out what to expect in each trimester.

Labour and childbirth

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Find out about the stages of labour, your pain relief options, breathing techniques, home births, water births, C-sections and more.

Common pregnancy problems

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Get information and advice on health conditions and common ailments – and find out how to treat them at each stage and during labour.

What to buy for your baby

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Looking at the sheer range of things to buy for your baby's nursery can be daunting. Mumsnetters reveal the kit you really need ready for your new arrival.

Monitoring baby movements

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It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with your baby’s pattern of movements from around 28 weeks, so you're aware of any changes and can seek help if needed.

How long does it take to get pregnant?

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Before the being pregnant, there's the getting pregnant bit. Learn how to increase your chances of conceiving.

Announcing your pregnancy

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From who to tell first, when and how – this is the first decision you'll make as a parent. And some of the reactions may not be quite what you were expecting.

Your week-by-week guide

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From a bundle of cells to a fully-formed baby, you are experiencing (and hosting) an extraordinary 40 weeks of development. Here's a week-by-week guide for what to expect when you're expecting.

The things no-one tells you

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The crying, the cravings, the hair, the bizarre dreams – here's what to really expect when you're expecting.

Preparing for life with a newborn

Feel (somewhat) prepared to face the brave new world of parenthood with tips from those who've been there – and come out the other side.

Get the Mumsnet Pregnancy Tracker app

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Whatever you're going through, chances are someone else has been through it, too. Our free, week-by-week app gives you advice, experience and facts at your fingertips, to guide you through each stage.

Car seat reviews

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If you've got a car, then you'll need a car seat to transport your new baby home. Read our Best recommendations.

Parental leave - your rights

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Get the lowdown on maternity and paternity rights in the workplace – including shared parental leave and maternity pay.

Pregnancy loss

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The loss of a baby is a devastating thing – for the mother, but also for the family and the wider community. Find out about what care and support is needed.