Planning a pregnancy

The following resources have been shared to give you information and advice on planning a pregnancy.

Planning a pregnancy

Our Planning a Pregnancy Guide includes links to information and resources to help you plan your pregnancy.



Information from the NHS on trying for a baby, including planning a pregnancy and LGBT+ routes into parenthood –


If you’ve decided you’re ready to start a family, Tommy’s can provide information on how to get pregnant and some of the lifestyle changes that might help you.

Tommy’s information on planning a pregnancy. Find out more here.

Tommy’s information on how alcohol and drugs can affect fertility. Find out more here.

Tommy’s have put together information to help you understand your menstrual cycle. Find out more here.


Sexwise is an organisation that provides honest advice about contraception, pregnancy, STIs, and pleasure.

Leaflet: Thinking of getting pregnant?

Public Health England have created a leaflet to encourage women thinking about getting pregnant to get vaccinated against German measles. Read the ‘Thinking of Getting Pregnancy?’ Guide here.

Emotional wellbeing

If you have an existing complex or severe mental health issue, this may affect your pregnancy and your baby.

If you have an existing issue, you will be referred to the Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service for advice regarding any medication.

Do not stop any medication without the advice of a perinatal psychiatrist. The specialist team will monitor you throughout your pregnancy if needed.

NHS guidance for keeping well during pregnancy – read more here.

Hub for mental health and wellbeing resources in the North East and North Cumbria – read more here.

Quit Smoking

If you’re planning a pregnancy, stopping smoking is the best thing to do for you and your baby. It is never too late to stop smoking. We know you may find it hard but there is help and support for you.

Talk to your midwife, health visitor or doctor for help. We have shared the following resources to help you quit smoking


Easy Read Guide

Keep Yourself Healthy – A Guide to Giving up Smoking

Download the PDF



The NHS has lots of great resources and support to help you stop smoking. Click the links below to find out more:



Fresh is a comprehensive programme aimed at making the problems caused by smoking a thing of the past for our region. Click on the links below to read guidance from Fresh, on how to quit smoking during and after pregnancy: