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