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 continuing to grow at a rapid pace and is now developing the buds that will become teeth. The cartilage which formed their skeleton will start to harden into bone. They will also be more flexible, with a little movement in their arms, legs and joints.
Depression in pregnancy
Antenatal depression or anxiety can begin at any point during pregnancy and is characterised as having a higher than normal level of worry about the impending birth and parenthood. Symptoms include lack of energy, feeling emotionally detached, difficulty sleeping, tearfulness, chronic anxiety and feeling isolated and guilty.
If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms or you just don't feel quite yourself, talk either to your midwife or GP, or someone else you feel comfortable with.
Early on in pregnancy, increased vaginal discharge is common. Pregnancy hormones increase your normal, mucous secretions. This discharge should be clear or white, and it shouldn’t have an unpleasant smell.
Any odour or discoloration (like yellow or brown discharge when you’re pregnant) should be checked for infection by your GP.
Booking your antenatal course
Now’s a good time to think about booking your antenatal course. Our NCT practitioners run courses in your area covering pain relief, birthing techniques, whats happens during labour and the early days with your baby. They’ll help you prepare for your child’s birth and make informed choices. Our antenatal classes are popular and can book up quickly, so it’s worth finding out about courses in your area sooner rather than later.
Have you considered your rights at work during pregnancy and any changes you may need to discuss with your employer?
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.