Pre-conception Advice

Ready to start thinking about having a family?

Want to try to ensure that you can give your baby the best start in life even before birth?  Now is the time to begin thinking about getting in shape for the rigours of pregnancy.  Pregnancy is a natural state, but to ensure the best outcome you need to be as healthy as possible.

Stop smoking
Most people understand the risks to the unborn baby from mothers who smoke during pregnancy.  It is a good idea to try to stop before you do conceive as the early weeks of development are the most important for the baby.

Drink in moderation
There is good evidence to suggest that women who drink more than 5 or 6 units of alcohol per week have a lower chance of conceiving than those drink less.  Excessive alcohol consumption during pregnancy can also be harmful to your baby's health.

Optimum weight
Make sure you are neither too fat or too thin.  Both can cause delays in conceptiuon and being overweight can lead to problems such as gestational diabetes and increased blood pressure.

Vitamins and supplements
Ensure a balance diet and begin taking folic acid supplements.  This will decrease the risk of your baby developing spina bifida.

It is safe to exercise in moderation throughout your pregnancy provided there are no obvious complications such as bleeding or recurrent miscarriage.  Begin a regular exercise programme to get fit for pregnancy and childbirth.  You will find it much easier to cope with the extra load of carry your baby during pregnancy and the physical demands of the birth itself.

© Adrian Lower 2014