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Stay healthy for you and your baby by eating safely and well, taking supplements and being active. Avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs.
Many women feel sick or throw up (vomit) during pregnancy. Although it’s called ‘morning sickness’, it can happen at any time of the day. It’s usually worse during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Most women feel some aches and pains during their pregnancy but sometimes there are problems during pregnancy that need urgent medical attention.
Remember to get immunised for flu and whooping cough. Flu vaccine is available from March to December and you can get it free any time during pregnancy. Whooping cough vaccine is free from 28 weeks.
If you are having twins, triplets or more, find out about the types of twins, the maternity care you’ll receive, what you need to think about before the birth, and where you can get help and support.
Research shows that sleeping on your side from 28 weeks of pregnancy halves your risk of stillbirth compared with sleeping on your back. Cure Kids, in conjunction with the University of Auckland, have developed safe sleeping resources for women from 28 weeks of pregnancy. See the Sleep On Side website for more information and resources.
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Ministry of health recommends pregnant women receive a boostrix vaccination to help protect mother and baby against whooping cough between 16 &38 weeks of pregnancy.
Vaccination against influenza should also be given at any stage in pregnancy.
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