It’s important you feel comfortable discussing your mental and physical health with your doctor.
Talk with your partner or support person about how the baby will impact on your lives and the changes you’ll have to make. Think about supportive family members and friends and speak to those you can rely on for help and with whom you can share your hopes and fears.
It’s also a good idea to check out local support services for childhood preparation advice classes and to find out about the nearest child care and health centres. You may also be able to contact others who have had similar experiences from who you can learn.
If your doctor, friends and family are supportive, your confidence will grow and you will feel more reassured about what’s to come.
There are three things you must do to stay well for your own benefit and for that of your baby.
If you are on medication, have your doctor review it to see that it is still safe for you and your baby throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Your specific medication can help you function better with your illness but it may also affect your pregnancy, the baby, or interact with other medications (even common over-the-counter ones).
Recreational drugs, alcohol and smoking can also harm your baby. Discuss any of these habits with your doctor and get the support you need. You can do it - your baby deserves it.