Looking after yourself during pregnancy

How to improve and maintain your, and your partner's, health, and what to avoid.

How to look after yourself during pregnancy

Early pregnancy

If you don't know that you’re pregnant there are clues you can look out for.

Folic acid

Folic acid is vital for helping your baby develop. It helps prevent birth defects, such as spina bifida.

Vitamins and minerals

A balanced, healthy diet is crucial for you and your baby during pregnancy and also while you are trying to conceive.

Keeping fit
and healthy

Fitness during pregnancy is important for you and your baby. Some forms of exercise are ideal for strengthening and keeping you healthy while your body changes.

Reasons to
stop smoking

If you smoke, it's very important for your baby's health that you stop. But don't worry, help is available for pregnant women.


It is best to avoid alcohol completely during your pregnancy, as any alcohol you drink while pregnant may harm your baby. Learn more about why.


Prescription drugs, recreational drugs, over-the-counter remedies or herbal remedies can all affect your baby. Some are extremely harmful. Check for guidance if you are unsure.

Eating well

Pregnancy is a demanding time for your body as your baby grows. Nutrients and energy are vital for your child's development, so you need to know how to step up your intake.


The seasonal flu and Whooping Cough vaccines are offered to all pregnant women.

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