Planning your pregnancy

You are planning to have a baby. What an exciting time! A mother's health has an important effect on the healthy development of their child. So, as you prepare, it is important to take steps to look after your own health.


Finding out you are pregnant

You're pregnant - congratulations! You may be wondering what comes next.

Support available

There are many sources of information and resources to support you for the next 9 months. The NHS will be there to walk you step-by-step through your pregnancy journey.

Find out more about next steps and things to consider when you find out you are pregnant. These include contacting your GP surgery or local midwife service as soon as your find out you're pregnant (before 8 weeks into the pregnancy).


Stop smoking

Stopping smoking during pregnancy is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that your child has the best start in life. Although it can be tough to stop smoking, there is plenty of help available across Northamptonshire, including:

  • a dedicated Stop Smoking Service, providing 12 weeks of free behavioural support
  • tips and advice on how to stop smoking
  • face-to-face and telephone appointments
  • countywide clinics, with appointments available Monday to Friday
  • a free course of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
  • a free e-cigarette starter kit and 12 week supply of e-liquid
  • champix pharmacy or GP referral letter

Infertility help and support

Around 1 in 7 couple may have difficulty conceiving and the NHS provides help and advice around this.

Some people get pregnant quickly, but for others it can take longer. It’s a good idea to see a GP if you have any concerns. 


Trying for a baby

Advice about trying for a baby, including planning a pregnancy and LGBT+ routes into parenthood.

Last updated 30 March 2023