Pregnancy and new baby timeline – What to expect

pregnancy and new baby timeline

You are pregnant! Congratulations! Now you are wondering about the pregnancy and new baby timeline and what to expect before and after the birth of your new baby? Here is a rough guide of what to expect during your pregnancy, on the day of the birth of your baby and in the early few weeks as a new parent! This is a guide for expectant and new parents living, birthing and parenting in the UK.

During pregnancy
  • Start Pelvic Floor Exercises – here is a guide from the NHS on how to do your pelvic floor and other exercises during pregnancy!
  • Antenatal appointments with your midwife and consultant (where applicable) – here is an explanation on the NHS website.
  • Antenatal tests and scans
  • Health Visitor and/or Midwife visits your home
  • Book and attend your childbirth preparation courses (optional), such as hypnobirthing.
  • Look into hiring a birth and/or postnatal doula
  • Research and learn about your childbirth options and rights – Birthrights is a great place to find out more about your rights in childbirth
Day one – the day your baby is born
  • APGAR score for baby
  • Vitamin K offered to be given to your baby/babies
  • Midwife or a member of the paediatric team check your baby over before you’ll leave the hospital or midwife-led unit.
  • Newborn hearing screening – before you leave the hospital or within the first few weeks
  • Mum and baby/babies can leave the hospital. After a straightforward birth and with healthy mum and baby/babies they can leave the hospital on the same day. After a Caesarean Birth, you can usually leave 2 days after giving birth.
  • You’ll receive the red book for your baby’s growth charts and vaccination schedule etc. – some areas also offer an online red book.
Once at home – please note that the timescale varies in different parts of the UK
  • Mother and baby/babies will get midwife home visits for checks on day 1, 3 and 5. More often if necessary.
  • Mother on emotional high: days 1-3
  • Baby might develop jaundice: 2-3 days. Usually clears by week 2.
  • Milk comes in, days 3-5
  • Baby blues, days 3-5
  • Newborn blood spot test, day 5
  • Umbilical cord stump falls off, day 7
  • Lochia (postpartum blood loss) stops, 2-6 weeks
  • Discharged from midwifery care, between 10-28 days
  • Mother and baby postnatal check by GP: 6-8 weeks
  • Resume light exercise and sex: from after GP postnatal check, from 6-8 weeks

The dates are a rough guide and average only. This list does not give or replace medical advice. If you are concerned about yourself, your partner or your baby, please see your health care professional for help.

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