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Pregnancy & First Days First few days

Although everything has been leading up to the moment when you leave hospital and take your baby home (or babies, if you've had more than one), it’s probably still a bit of a shock when it finally happens! So don’t worry if you’re feeling a bit nervous to start with – it’s totally understandable.

The good news is that you’ll have plenty of expert help around you in the early days, with your midwife or health visitor dropping in to check that everything’s going well and answer any questions you might have. We’re here to help you too, with some top tips for those first few days.

Ready Steady Baby from NHS Inform is a great source of information to help you cope with the first weeks of parenting a new baby.

Common question new parents have

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For more information on looking after your newborn baby, speak to your midwife. There’s also a lot of useful information at Ready Steady Baby.

If you're expecting twins, triplets or more, the Twins Trust offers advice and support.

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Last updated: 27 Nov, 2023