The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy are the most important time for your baby’s development. The earlier you are seen by a midwife or doctor the sooner they can check that everything is alright with both of you.

If you have an existing health problem (for example, diabetes, epilepsy or mental health issues) or if you experienced any complications in a previous pregnancy or birth, this will be even more important for you.

Your midwife or GP will talk confidentially with you about your pregnancy and give you a check up. You should also take this opportunity to ask your healthcare professional about any screening tests you will need, particularly before you are 10 weeks pregnant.

The Pregnancy and Baby Guide

The NHS Choices website has a wealth of information about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby.

There are more than 200 easy-to-read pages, detailed week-by-week guides and lots of expert videos, parents' tips and interactive tools to explore.

Go to the NHS Choices pregnancy and baby guide to find out more.