Welcome to the Nestlé Baby Website

Welcome to our Baby Website where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

Know your baby’s nutritional needs and download our 'Breastfeeding' brochure here

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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First Trimester

Congratulations – you’re in your first trimester of pregnancy! You’re about to experience one of the most complete physical examinations a healthy person will ever have. At your first visit, your doctor will take your history and perform first trimester screenings and tests. Here’s what you can expect.

First trimester – at your doctor

Your due date

woman reading parenting magazineAt your first visit in the first trimester of pregnancy, your doctor will ask the date of your last period to work out when your baby is due.

Your medical history

You’ll discuss any illnesses or pre-existing medical conditions, and if you know of any inherited disorders that might be passed on to your child.

The exciting 12th-week visit
At your 12-week visit, you should be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat. The heartbeat can’t be heard with a regular stethoscope until approximately 20 weeks, so your doctor will place a Doppler machine on your abdomen. This machine uses ultrasound waves to detect the baby’s heartbeat. You’ll hear an earnest little heart pumping at about 120-160 beats per minute – and if you ever doubted you’ll now know for sure your baby is real.

Be prepared

Vital statistics

Your doctor or nurse may record your height, weight, blood pressure and pulse and give you a general physical examination, paying special attention to your heart, lungs, abdomen and pelvis.

Blood test

Your blood may be tested to confirm your blood group in case you need a transfusion. It will be checked for anaemia, sexually transmitted infections and immunity to rubella (German measles), a disease that can be devastating if contracted early in pregnancy. You may also be screened for sickle-cell anaemia and a condition known as thalassemia (a rare blood disorder).

Urine test

Protein and sugar levels in your urine may also be checked.

Cervical swab

For those who have had herpes, your doctor will check if the herpes virus is active. Herpes virus may be passed onto the baby during delivery however this is not common. Speaking to your doctor about your history of herpes will help with planning precautionary measures to prevent this from occurring.

Pap smear

Your doctor will take some cells to check for early signs of cervical cancer.

What’s happening this trimester?

See what your baby’s up to.

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