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Remember to

  • contact the maternity clinic, if your pregnancy test has been positive
  • avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs as well as certain food products
  • notify your employer well in advance when you intend to go on family leave
  • apply for the maternity grant, child benefit and other family benefits from Kela.

A pregnancy is confirmed with a pregnancy test. Maternity clinics monitor the wellbeing of the pregnant woman and the foetus during pregnancy. They also support and advise expectant parents on pregnancy and the prospective parenthood. If the pregnancy is unwanted, the alternatives may include termination of pregnancy, also called an abortion, or giving the child up for adoption.

Text edited by: editorial team
Updated: 6/9/2020