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Give yourself time to adjust to the idea of being pregnant. It is not unusual to feel confused, or to feel ecstatic one minute and scared the next when you first discover that you are pregnant. Once you accept that the coming baby is a reality, you should be able to enjoy your pregnancy to the full.

Drinking alcohol before knowing about your pregnancy
Although regular, excessive alcohol drinking during pregnancy is bad for your baby, the likelihood of your baby being affected by a little alcoholic over-indulgence during early pregnancy is very small. However, if you are planning to become pregnant or have recently discovered that you are expecting a baby, it is still best to avoid alcohol.

Cervical smear test indicates an abnormality
Smear abnormalities range from mild to severe. However, irrespective of the degree of abnormality, it is unlikely that you will need or be given treatment for this while you are pregnant. Nevertheless, you should not ignore any smear abnormality, and it is best to seek medical advice from your doctor.

The affect of a treatment to you cervix for your pregnancy
Modern treatments for an abnormal smear are very unlikely to affect your pregnancy but if you have had treatment to your cervix , you should mention this to your doctor at your first antenatal visit. Also, if you have had a cone biopsy (the removal of a cone-shaped area of cervical tissue), there is a slightly increased risk of having a late miscarriage or a premature labour. Most women have normal pregnancies after cone biopsies.

Genetic counselling
You may need advice if you are over the age of 35; if you or your partner have or are carriers of a genetic or chromosomal disorder; if you have previously had a child with a chromosomal or genetic problem, or tests have shown problems in the baby you are carrying.

Second and first pregnancy
In general, no two pregnancies are the same. Many women find that subsequent pregnancies are physically and psychologically easier than their first. To some extent this is because you are more aware of what to expect. Physical symptoms of early pregnancy, such as nausea and vomiting, are sometimes less severe.

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