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Pregnancy Tips

What are the symptoms of being pregnant?

  • Missed period
  • Tender or swollen breasts
  • Nausea / Morning Sickness (with or without vomiting)
  • Increased urination
  • Tired / fatigue

Other symptoms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Light spotting
  • Cramping
  • Moodiness
  • Bloating
  • Constipation.

If you think you are pregnant or have symptoms follow these steps:

  1. Take a pregnancy Test (with your first morning urination). To do this you can:
    •  Call us and we will walk you through this process
    • Visit a pharmacy and buy a pregnancy test (either a digital or paper based result are possible) 
    • Take a blood test at the polyclinic
  2. If you are scared and alone call us and we will walk you through these steps Or you can contact a GP for referral to a Gynaecologist (Gynae)
  3. Attend regular appointments with a gynae and take vitamins to support your pregnancy
  4. At the 6-month stage, open a BLUE Card at Mater Dei Hospital. This will give you access to the services you need and the eventual birth. Keep this with you at all times
  5. Start preparing your hospital bags: one for yourself and one for your baby (see example here)
  6. Attend parenting classes to prepare yourself for your baby (keep a checklist handy of the symptoms to look out before giving birth, for example contraction count)
  7. If you work or are in education, start to plan what you will do regarding childcare.
  8. Enjoy the journey and sleep as much as you can😊

At any point, please feel free to call us for support through this process. We are here to support you in any way that you may need.

General Tips After the Baby’s arrival

  1. Attend daily appointments at the breast clinic
  2. Be aware of your own mental health for potential post-natal depression. 
    1. If so please contact us as we are able to guide and support you accordingly
  3. Register the child’s name and birth date at the hospital
  4. Look into children’s benefit/ allowance
  5. Obtain the Baby Book for the necessary vaccination that are needed for childcare and school, etc (at 3 months old your baby can attend child care

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to assist you in any way we can.