Pregnancy

Pregnancy

If you think you might be, or are pregnant, it is important that you stop smoking, if you are a smoker, and stop drinking alcohol as both of these things can harm your unborn baby. If you are a smoker and thinking to quit, full support will be received by contacting Quitline (0800 778 778). For more information visit the Quitline website- www.quit.org.nz. Taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid can also help prevent certain birth defects.


Signs of Pregnancy

Knowing the signs of pregnancy can help you tell if you're pregnant. Here are some signs that you might be pregnant:

  • You miss your period.
  • You feel nauseous, or like you have car sickness or throw up.
  • Your breasts getting bigger and feel sore. The area around your nipples gets darker.
  • You crave certain foods. Or you really dislike certain foods.
  • You feel tired a lot.
  • A home pregnancy test shows you're pregnant.

If you have any of these pregnancy signs and think you may be pregnant, go to your midwife, healthcare provider or general practitioner. If you don't have a general practitioner, you can find more information about doctors in your area here. 


Pregnancy Confirmation Tests

A pregnancy test attempts to determine whether a woman is pregnant. Pregnancy tests are quite reliable and give false results only in rare situations. Markers that indicate pregnancy are found in urine and blood, and pregnancy tests require sampling one of these substances. The simplest test that you can undertake is the urine pregnancy test.

You can consult your General Practitioner, midwife or just visit the nearest family planning clinic. List of General Practitioners and midwives can be accessed from here.

The sooner you know you're pregnant, the sooner you can begin prenatal check-ups and start taking good care of yourself and your growing baby. MoH recommends that every woman should be registered with a LMC within first 12 weeks of her pregnancy for proper care of developing baby and mother.


Pregnancy check-ups and Laboratory Tests

Your Lead Maternity Carer is responsible to organize for all your pregnancy check-ups and laboratory tests. Routine check-ups in general will include but not limited to your weight, blood pressure, urine testing, your baby's heart beat and your baby's growth.

Last updated: August 14, 2015