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Self care
Self care

Self care, also known as self management, includes treatment of minor ailments through to becoming an 'expert patient' who partners closely with their healthcare team to maximise their wellbeing and reduce poor health arising from ongoing health conditions. It doesn't matter what health condition(s) you have. There are some common skills and approaches anyone can learn that have been shown to make a difference. These include skills such as problem solving, monitoring and responding, goal setting, action planning, building your social support network and much more. This section includes tips, groups, workbooks and self-management programmes that will help you get started or expand your skills and knowledge further.

Pregnancy
Pregnancy

Once you know you are pregnant you have the choice about what sort of care would suit you. You'll need to choose a lead maternity carer – a midwife, hospital team, obstetrician or family doctor who coordinates your care. Pregnancy is the perfect time to really look after yourself – your diet, exercise and lifestyle. It's a good idea to review with your doctor any medications you are taking. This includes non-prescription and complementary or natural products and supplements. While thinking about physical health for you and your baby, remember how important your mental wellbeing is. Avoid unnecessary stress; ask for support and accept it if offered.