Pregnancy

It’s never too early to start planning your pregnancy. Establishing good health and healthy lifestyle practices prior to conception increases your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. It is also a good idea to visit your doctor for a preconception consultation where they will be able to provide you with expert advice and information about planning your pregnancy.

Maintaining good health before and during pregnancy includes many things;

  • Being aware of your options and choices
  • Becoming well informed of what to expect during your pregnancy
  • Knowing what is happening to your body and how your baby is developing
  • Knowing when it is important to contact your GP, midwife or hospital
  • Attending all your antenatal appointments
  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Engaging in regular physical activity
  • Seeking help if you smoke, regularly consume alcohol and/or other drugs
  • Caring for your emotional health

For more information and local services;

Having a Baby in Canberra

Pregnancy Birth and Baby 

The Royal Women’s Hospital

Better Health Channel

Fact sheets