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when does a pregnancy start to show

A baby bump is one of the most obvious outward signs of pregnancy, but when will it start to show? Read on to find out! 


gender reveal ideas - pregnant woman popping balloon filled with blue confetti

Finding out the gender of your baby is an exciting moment, and in recent years, having a gender reveal party to announce the sex of your baby has become increasingly popular. If you’re expecting and are looking for unique and exciting ways to announce the sex of your baby, you’re in the right place!

Here at First Encounters, we’re thrilled to be a part of your pregnancy journey, and have put together a list of our top 10 suggestions for a memorable gender reveal to help get you inspired.


non-invasive prenatal testing


NIPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing) is a screening test that aims to determine whether an unborn baby has chromosomal abnormalities that are likely to result in genetic conditions like Down's syndrome, Edwards' syndrome or Patau's syndrome. The results are determined by looking at the baby’s DNA in the mother’s blood, which is taken via a simple, non-invasive blood draw.


pregnancy craving belly

Food cravings are something that almost every pregnant woman will experience. From takeaways to sweets to dairy products, there will always be something that they need to satisfy a sudden urge.

There are many questions about this topic, such as what causes pregnancy cravings, how can you control them, and when do pregnancy cravings start? All of which will be revealed right here, so if you’re experiencing any pregnancy food cravings or know someone who is and wants to get the low-down, carry on reading!


First signs of pregnancy

There are lots of early pregnancy symptoms and signs that could indicate that you are pregnant. Bear in mind that pregnancy symptoms are not the same for each woman or each pregnancy, but we hope this article can help you to confirm anything that you may be experiencing!