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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

Finding out if you’re pregnant

Once you know you are pregnant you have the choice about what sort of care would suit you.

The ‘5 in 10’ rule

To help keep your baby safe, follow the '5 things to do within the first 10 weeks’ rule.

What you need to know when you’re pregnant

There's a lot to take in when you first get pregnant.

Pregnancy – over 35 years

Most women over 35 years have normal pregnancies however, some may need special care.

Listeria risk

Listeria is a common bug which most people are not harmed by but for pregnant women it can cause serious problems.

Morning sickness

During early pregnancy, it is common to experience nausea, vomiting and tiredness.


Miscarriage is natural and common, affecting 1 in every 4 women.

Pregnancy and physical activity

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.

Whooping cough

Whooping cough is an infection that causes a cough that can go on for weeks or months.

Postnatal depression

You may feel down after having a baby – this is known as the ‘baby blues’.

Reducing SUDI

Six ways parents can help reduce the risk of SUDI.