If you think you might be pregnant, a pregnancy test is the best way to find out. You can also go to your doctor or nurse, a midwife, a Family Planning clinic or your school health service to find out.
Early signs of pregnancy
There are a number of common signs that you might be pregnant. Signs that you might be pregnant include:
- missing your period or lighter bleeding than normal
- tiredness, dizziness, fainting, headaches or loss of interest in sex
- morning sickness (some women experience this at any time of day) – sometimes increased saliva
- breast changes – soreness, tingling, swelling or ‘fullness’
- needing to go to the toilet more often than usual.
More information about Pregnancy
Once you know you are pregnant you have the choice about what sort of care would suit you.
To help keep your baby safe, follow the '5 things to do within the first 10 weeks’ rule.
There's a lot to take in when you first get pregnant.
Most women over 35 years have normal pregnancies however, some may need special care.
Be aware of about what you can and cannot eat when you are pregnant.
If you could be pregnant, are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant stop drinking alcohol.
Listeria is a common bug which most people are not harmed by but for pregnant women it can cause serious problems.
During early pregnancy, it is common to experience nausea, vomiting and tiredness.
Miscarriage is natural and common, affecting 1 in every 4 women.
Talk to your midwife or doctor before to check that the exercise you do won’t harm you or your baby.
BreastFedNZ is an app, for your tablet or smartphone, which provides simple support and information to help women and their babies achieve their breastfeeding goals.
All babies are checked at birth to see that all is well.