A women’s health and wellbeing prior to conception can have an impact on her baby’s health and development. To give yourself the best chance of a risk-free pregnancy and a healthy baby, it’s best for you (and your partner) to try and be as healthy as possible leading up to conception. We’ve put together a list of helpful hints for pre-pregnancy, but please remember that it’s always important to speak with your trusted healthcare professional if you have any doubts.

1. Put Down Your Plan on Paper

First things first…writing down your pregnancy goals (and how you plan to achieve them) can help manage the pre-pregnancy process. Some women take 1-2 months to prepare for pregnancy, some may take more than that. What’s important to keep in mind is that everyone is different, and planning out the to-do’s may help you through the planning phase.

2. Consult a Healthcare Professional

There’s plenty of information online, but the reality is that you should really consult a healthcare professional to ensure your plan is accurate, realistic and safe. General Practitioners and Obstetricians are perfectly qualified for this, and they’ll be able to guide you and assist with any potential complications e.g pre-existing health conditions that may impact your ability to fall pregnant, diet, vaccination status, family history etc.

3. Get Healthy

There’s a number of things you can do in pre-pregnancy to increase the likelihood of falling pregnant. Please note, however, that everyone is different and you should always consult your healthcare professional for tailored advice:

4. Know Your Environment

It’s important you’re aware of any toxins in your living space (i.e. cleaning products, facial care or makeup) or working space (i.e. radiation) that may have an impact on fertility. Travel may also be a risk, as exposure to different infections may cause fertility issues.

5. It’s Not Just About You

The health of your partner is also important. Obesity, smoking, excessive drinking, illicit drugs, medications, stress and more can have an impact on fertility. Working together with your partner on this can be mutually beneficial.

 

For more information, please review the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Oncologists pamphlet.

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