Preconceptual advice

When an individual or couple decide they want to become pregnant, it is important to consider their personal health and wellbeing. Lifestyle changes often need to be made to improve both a person's fertility and general health in preparation for conceiving and carrying a baby.

Stopping smoking, cutting out alcohol and improving diet and overall fitness are some things that can improve your chance of becoming pregnant and carrying a healthy baby.

Women trying for a baby are also advised to increase their daily intake of folic acid - a mineral vital to the growth and development of a baby's nervous system during its early stages. Folic acid tablets can be puchased in a chemist or be taken as part of a preconception tablet.