Ante and Post Natal

Ante & Postnatal


So — you’re pregnant!
The NHS has information for when you first learn that you’re pregnant.  They say – get in touch with a midwife or GP as soon as possible so that you can start your antenatal (pregnancy) care. This will also help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.  Read more here!

For further information on what’s next, What you should eat? What kinds of tests will you and your baby need?

Signs that you might be pregnant

Could you be pregnant? Some symptoms may show up about the time you’ve missed a period – or a week or two later. A couple of them may even tip you off before then:
Abdominal bloating
Heightened sensitivity to odours
Nausea or vomiting
Frequent urination
Tender, swollen breasts
A missed period
Implantation bleeding
Your basal body temperature stays high
The proof: A positive home pregnancy test
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A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy that happens sometime during the first 23 weeks. Around three quarters of miscarriages happen during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (the first trimester).
Read more here.


Being a new parent means facing new challenges.  For useful information on the early days after the birth of your baby. Visit:

Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression (PND) is a type of depression some women experience after they have had a baby.
For further information click here.
Visit Mind for further information.

Unwanted Pregnancy

In the case of an unwanted pregnancy it is important that you see either a doctor or nurse to plan your care as soon as possible.

Click here for information from NHS Choices

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Give your baby a better start with Start4Life!

Establishing healthy habits early on gives your baby the best start in life and reducing the risk of poor health later in life.
Ante and Postnatal in Sunderland

This project supports young parents and pregnant teenagers, providing advice on health, education, parenting and accessing further education or training opportunities. It involves Sunderland Children’s Services, Connexions Tyne and Wear, Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust, Teenage Pregnancy Board and Bridge Women’s Project. Find out more here!

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