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Confirming Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy Tests

If your period is late, it’s best to take a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy.

You can buy pregnancy tests from lots of places, such as pharmacies and supermarkets. You don’t need to buy the most expensive ones to ensure accuracy. Some are designed to give you more detailed results regarding how many weeks you are pregnant but are usually more expensive.

If your test is positive, you don’t need to see your general practitioner (GP), but your local maternity unit would like to know. By referring yourself to your local maternity services, the maternity teams can then start to support you through your pregnancy.

If the test is negative, perhaps wait for a few days and then try again. If your period doesn’t start and your tests are still negative, please see your GP.

My test is Positive – What do I do Next?

If you haven’t yet filled out a self-referral form for your local maternity care providers, please do so. You will then be contacted to arrange your booking appointment; this normally happens around 8 – 12 weeks of pregnancy or as soon as possible if you think your pregnancy may be further along.

If you have any existing health problems, make an appointment to see your GP so they can review any medication you may be taking and discuss with you any additional care and support you may need along your pregnancy journey.

Before your booking appointment, if you have any concerns about your or your baby’s health or wellbeing, please contact your GP.

Finding Out You Are Having a Baby

Everyone has a different reaction to finding out they are having a baby. You may feel happy, excited, anxious, shocked, scared, or confused. These feelings are completely normal. Some people worry that they don’t feel the way they expected to feel. Even if you have been trying to get pregnant the news can still take you by surprise.

Your hormones during pregnancy can affect your mood, which sometimes may feel a little unsettling. You may feel more emotional or overwhelmed. These feelings may make you feel differently about your pregnancy. It’s important to talk to your midwife or GP about how you are feeling; they are there to offer support and help you adjust.

If you are feeling that you’re struggling with your emotions, it is always best to talk to a professional who will ensure that the right guidance is provided and that you feel supported. Pregnancy can be challenging and building a support network is of real benefit to your well-being.

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