Support and information from NCT
NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.
Your developing baby
Your baby is now roughly 4cm long and will double in size over the next few weeks. Their face is beginning to take shape, resembling the features they will have when born. Their fingers and toes will also be forming into distinctive shapes.
Plagued with sickness?
You might still be experiencing tiredness and perhaps morning sickness. If you can, try and rest as much as possible and avoid trigger smells, such as smoke and cooking odours, to avoid nausea.
Drinking little and often and having smaller, more frequent snacks and meals throughout the day can help too.
Your first antenatal appointment
Between 11 and 13 weeks you’ll go and see your midwife for a ‘booking appointment’. This is your first antenatal appointment with the midwife.
They’ll find out about your health, family histories, your circumstances and how you’re feeling. They will also take some basic health checks, such as your blood pressure and weight, and give you some useful information.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes which can affect women in pregnancy, especially women who are overweight and/or older. Symptoms include thirst, needing to go to the toilet frequently and feeling over-tired.
However, as these are common feelings when you are pregnant, gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed from a routine urine test. Try not to worry if your test shows that you have diabetes, your midwife or GP can advise you on a number of ways to control your blood sugars through diet and exercise.
If entitled, you can start to apply for Healthy Start Vouchers.
NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week. Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700.
We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.
Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.