The period leading up to a pregnancy is also known as preconception. It’s about taking good care of yourself, looking at your lifestyle, and making changes to improve your chances of conception and having a healthy pregnancy.
It’s important for you to know you’re mentally prepared for a child – whether it’s your first, or if you are growing your family. Our mental health midwife has put together information to support and help you through this life-changing decision.
There are various things you can do to help ensure your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible and your baby is as healthy as possible.
- Take a folic acid supplement
- Stop smoking
- Cut out alcohol
- Keep to a healthy weight
- Know which medicines you can take
- Get flu and whooping cough vaccinations
- Talk to a doctor if you have a long-term condition
Further information about all of the above and more is available on NHS.uk