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
While Women's Health Matters takes all care to ensure that the information provided is up to date, we provide this information on the assumption that people accessing it will take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Department.