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
- Your breasts getting bigger and feel sore. The area around
your nipples gets darker.
- You crave certain foods. Or you really dislike certain
- 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
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