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Your doctor or midwife will work out your due date by adding 9 months and 7 days to the first day of your last period. This is called your expected date of delivery (EDD). They can also work this out from your ultrasound scan or examination. Remember this is only an estimate – most women have their babies slightly before or after this date.
You may suffer from morning sickness (nausea and vomiting) due to hormonal changes in the early months. Despite its name, this can happen at any time of the day or night. If you do suffer from morning sickness, try to:
• avoid cooking smells
• get as much fresh air as possible
• drink plenty of water
• eat small meals frequently (every 2-3 hours), rather than two or three larger ones
• avoid fatty or spicy foods
• eat a dry cracker, plain biscuit or a slice of toast in the morning before you get out of bed.
Ask your midwife or dietitian for advice. If symptoms are severe, contact your GP/Medical Practitioner. Morning sickness usually improves after 16 weeks
You should eat a balanced healthy diet, for your own health as well as your baby’s growth and development. You don’t need to ‘eat for two’, but it is important to eat enough of the right foods. Use the Healthy Eating for Pregnancy booklet to plan a healthy diet.
Cut out alcohol altogether while you’re pregnant – this is the best way to reduce any risk of damage to your baby from alcohol. If you or your partner smoke, do your best to stop now. Cigarette smoke releases dangerous chemicals into your blood which pass on to your baby. These can reduce your baby’s growth and increase the risk of complications. If you need help to stop, talk to your doctor, call the Quitline on 1850 201 203 or visit www.giveupsmoking.ie Don’t take any drugs – not even paracetamol – without asking your doctor.