What to do When Planning for a Pregnancy
There are many things to keep in mind during your reproductive years, especially if you are planning or trying to get pregnant. Below, we have provided some initial advice.
- Optimise your nutrition
- One of the best things you can do when planning for a pregnancy is to optimise your nutrition. This has been shown to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy. As well, folic acid supplements may be taken 3 months before conception to prevent your baby having abnormalities of the spine.
- Optimise your health
- Along with looking after your diet, maintaining a healthy body and outlook can also dramatically improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy. Things to consider (if you have any of these conditions) is to get treatment for thyroid problems, diabetes, epilepsy or any other chronic conditions. We recommend getting a preconception checkup to minimise any risks.
- Review any medications you may be taking.
- If you’re planning a pregnancy, you should seek medical advice on the effect of any medication you may be currently taking to ensure that they will not negatively impact your pregnancy.
Concerned with your fertility potential?
- Infertility affects 10-15% of couples. The thought of infertility can cause extreme anxiety and this may in turn make it more difficult for you to become pregnant.
- There are many different types of treatment of infertility depending on the causes. Common ones are IUI (intrauterine insemination), IVF (in-vitro fertilization). There may be other terms you may read on the internet such as ICSI, hatching. Do not hesitate to understand the details before you make informed choices about your treatment.