Pregnancy / Conception
Being healthy before pregnancy can help improve your chances of conceiving. It also can help prevent complications when you do fall pregnant.
Focus on your pre-pregnancy health
Starting a family is one of the biggest life decisions you will ever make.
If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, start focusing on your health at least three months before you start trying to conceive.
Take a preconception check up to make sure you’re healthy and that your body is ready for pregnancy.
The check up helps your GP treat and sometimes prevent health conditions that may affect your pregnancy. You can get a preconception check up at any time, even if you’ve already had a baby as your health may have changed.
The importance of family history
Health history, both your own and your family’s, is an important tool in preparing for pregnancy. Some long-lasting health conditions can lead to pregnancy problems and, sometimes, birth defects.
Getting treatment before pregnancy for conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and lupus, can improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Your family health history can help you and your GP or health provider look for health conditions that may run in your family.
It’s also a good idea to start putting your family history together before you get pregnant so you can share it with your provider at your check up.
Preparing for pregnancy
There are many key elements in preparing for a healthy pregnancy. Throughout your pregnancy and preconception, it is important to maintain good health, with a well-balanced diet rich in antioxidants, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin supplements are important, particularly to provide the required amount of folic acid you need every day. It is also recommended that you get to a healthy weight by eating foods like fruits, vegetables, wholegrain bread and pasta, and lean meat and chicken. Limit sweets, salty snacks and foods with a lot of fat. Exercise is also important. You don’t have to join a gym.
Find things you can do with friends or your partner, like dancing or walking. Avoid alcohol and smoking, including passive smoking, protect yourself from viruses and infections, and reduce stress levels. Lily & Loaf provides a range of natural, nutritional supplements designed to work in tandem with your diet and lifestyle to promote a healthy pregnancy.
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