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National and local support groups

You will find there are lots of local groups available for you in both pregnancy and after your birth, or who can support you if your birth experience was difficult or different to how you had imagined. 

There are also groups who can support you if you have had a miscarriage or a still birth, or your baby was born with physical or brain injuries. 

The below information is a small sample of what is available, please always check before attending an advertised session. Please also note that some groups charge for advice sessions, again please always check in advance. Different groups may give a different perspective on elements of your pregnancy so please always check with your midwife, GP or health visitor if you have any concerns.  

National Support Groups

Miscarriage and baby loss

Pregnancy and antenatal support

Mental health 

Baby born premature or sick

Vulnerable families 

Domestic abuse

If in immediate danger please call 999 (no credit is needed). If you can't speak, press 55 on your telephone when the call taker is on the line and they will still provide help. 

Pregnancy related health and care apps

  • Review site for care and health apps - over 200 pregnancy related apps reviewed, Humber, Coast and Vale curated apps are here. 

Local Support Groups

Reflect is a pregnancy support charity based in York and Harrogate. We provide free, impartial and confidential support to men and women facing an unexpected pregnancy choice and to those struggling after experiencing pregnancy loss, including miscarriage, still-birth and post-abortion. Click here to find out more.

Children's Centres

York and surrounding area

Hull and surrounding area

East Riding of Yorkshire 

This leaflet updates on virtual classes and telephone support from East Riding Children's Centres during the Coronavirus pandemic. An additional resource for new parents in East Riding with links to support to help you if you are struggling is here.

Scunthorpe and surrounding area

Grimsby, Cleethorpes and surrounding area

Scarborough, Ryedale and Selby

Pocklington and the East Riding

Mumbler Websites and Online Parenting Communities

All are good sources of info for parents on what to do and where to go, from ante natal classes and groups to baby classes and playgroups.

Hull and East Riding Mumbler

York Mumbler

Ryedale Mumbler

Scarborough & Coast Mumbler

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  


Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (3)

Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (5)

Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.