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15 Apr

Top five tips for preconception health

As Easter approaches we may be thinking about what that means to us or even telling the Easter story to our children.

Easter is celebrated in many ways such as with the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and fluffy chicks. This is to represent new life and new beginnings.

This may be a time when you’re considering starting that new life by trying for a baby.

Did you know that care before your pregnant is as important as when you’re pregnant?

A healthy mum + healthy dad = healthy baby

Ideally preconception care should be started at least three months prior to conceiving. In fact all women should be thinking about their health even if they are not considering starting a family. One reason is that about half of the pregnancies are unplanned.

Five things to boost your preconception health

• Take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day. This will lower your risk of some birth defects such as spina bifida. 
• Aim for an optimal BMI. A person’s BMI can affect their fertility status along with their health. 
• Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking can affect the women’s sexual and reproductive health as well as their long term health and that of their children. Women who smoke are twice more likely to be infertile or take longer to conceive than those who do not. In men, smoking affects the sperm morphology can cause low sperm count
• If you have a medical condition, be sure it is under control. Some conditions that can affect pregnancy or be affected by it include asthma, diabetes, oral health, obesity, or epilepsy.
• Seek advice if you’re taking any over-the-counter or prescribed medicines. These include dietary or herbal supplements. Be sure your vaccinations are up to date.

Preconception care can improve your chances of getting pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy, and having a healthy baby.

Post by Cheryl Tomlinson, One to One Midwife

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