Female pre-conception care is important in preparation for pregnancy:
Talk to her doctor about the prescription medicines she currently takes:
- Some prescription drugs are not recommended during pregnancy.
- Avoid contact with chemicals at work & in the home:
- Pesticides, chemical fertilisers and petrochemicals can lead to pregnancy complications.
Sleep well & exercise:
Adequate sleep and exercise are essential for general health, which supports reproductive health.
Ensure adequate nutrition:
A healthy diet is essential for general health, which supports reproductive health.
Couples planning pregnancy may be interested to know that Elevit is a specifically formulated supplement available for women planning pregnancy. Elevit should be taken 30 days prior to conception and throughout pregnancy to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects.
Maintain a healthy weight:
Women should ensure their body mass index is below 29 kg/m2 (and above 19 kg/m2) to maximise their chances of conceiving.
Avoid alcohol & tobacco:
Smoking/passive smoking and alcohol are proven to harm pregnancy.
- Have regular sex at the right time:
- Women can learn to keep track of their menstrual cycle and know when they are ovulating. Talk to your doctor about tracking ovulation.
Talk to her doctor about vaccinations:
- Depending on personal situations a doctor may recommend certain vaccinations prior to pregnancy.
- Take time to relax and avoid stress: Stress can affect a couple’s relationship and is likely to reduce libido and how often they have sex.