No more than half of all pregnancies are planned, but if you are aiming to get pregnant soon it is sensible to make some healthy changes to your lifestyle.
You can maximise your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and labour if you're fit and healthy to begin with.
If you're super-prepared, you and your partner can make these changes some time before you start trying for a baby. This way you'll ensure you've had enough time to get in a routine and have a positive effect on your health.
Follow the top tips to maximise your chances of getting pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy and labour
Don’t forget to take your folic acid supplement daily.
The Department of Health recommends that women who could become pregnant or who are already pregnant take them daily (400 micrograms [μg]) before conception and throughout the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Do you need to take a vitamin D supplement?
All pregnant and breastfeeding women, especially teenagers and young women, and women who are obese, have limited skin exposure to sunlight or who are of South Asian, African, Caribbean or Middle Eastern descent are at risk of vitamin D deficiency. The Department of Health recommends that all pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D, to ensure their requirements for vitamin D are met and for their unborn babies to build adequate stores for early infancy.
Eat a healthy balanced diet
Having a healthy lifestyle before trying for a baby gives you the best chance of conceiving and staying well during your pregnancy.
Alcohol can seriously affect your baby’s health, so make sure you know the facts.
Get support for giving up smoking.
Smoking harms you and your baby so seek advice on how to stop.
It is recommended that healthy pregnant women should get at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, during and after their pregnancy.
Seek advice if you have existing medical conditions
While there is usually no reason why you shouldn’t have a healthy pregnancy and a normal baby, some medical conditions do need careful management to minimise risks to both you and your baby.
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