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When will my midwife be able to hear my baby's heartbeat?When will my midwife be able to hear my baby's heartbeat?
Your midwife should be able to hear your baby's heartbeat with a hand held device called a 'sonicaid' by the time you are twelve weeks pregnant.
I am a vegetarian, what foods can I eat to make sure my baby gets all the nutrients it needs? I am a vegetarian, what foods can I eat to make sure my baby gets all the nutrients it needs?
Similar rules apply to all pregnant women, whether you are vegetarian or not. A healthy and balanced diet is vital to ensure optimal health of your unborn child.
Can I still drink coffee and tea whilst pregnant?  Can I still drink coffee and tea whilst pregnant?
Yes, however it is advisable to limit you intake due to the caffeine content. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends no more than 300mg per day.
Should we buy a special baby bath or can she use our big bath?Should we buy a special baby bath or can she use our big bath?
A baby bath is usually ideal, as you can use it in any room. Most parents are a little scared to bath their baby, as they can be fidgety.
I want to breastfeed but should I buy some bottles just in case I can't?I want to breastfeed but should I buy some bottles just in case I can't?
For women who want to breast feed, they are more likely to be successful if they do not have an alternative readily available.
What is the 'nesting instinct'?What is the 'nesting instinct'?
There is a phenomenon commonly seen in pregnant women which involves a need and motivation to prepare for the new baby in your home.
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