Important of Pre-Pregnancy Care

Why Pre-Pregnancy Care Is Important

Many factors can affect the chances of you conceiving and family history and your own health are some of the factors that can affect a pregnancy.  Pre-pregnancy counselling can be a great help so that any issues that might affect the pregnancy can be discussed and addressed.


Is Age just a number?

Apparently age is just a number - that is until you are trying to conceive, then it can be much more important.  A woman will be less fertile as she gets older and that decline becomes more marked over the age of 35 and older mums run several risks when they get pregnant later such as: 


  • Ectopic pregnancy (that is when the egg is fertilised and then implants somewhere other than in the uterus)  
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Placenta Previa (a condition where the placenta blocks the cervix)
  • Still birth
  •  Anomalies like Down’s Syndrome

Birth Control Matters

If you have taken medication to postpone your menstruation or to prevent pregnancy then our pre pregnancy check up will be the time that any medications you are taking, are stopped and our gynaecologist will be able to advise you about how long it is likely to be before your cycle goes back to normal.

Tweaking your pre-pregnancy Diet

If you are planning to get pregnant in the next few months, your diet needs to give the best start to your pregnancy. Cutting out alcohol, tobacco and any drug use, as well as looking at your diet is going to be key. You can also consider pre-natal vitamins that you will be advised about.

A Healthy Environment

Now is the time to look at your own and your partners home and work environment. It may be that without you realising it there might be something about those environments that will affect your pregnancy and your baby's health. Some common work place substances can cause men to have reproductive problems. Some of these might be:

•    Cigarettes, 
•    Heat 
•    Chemicals

Exercise and Weight

Being either under or overweight can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Being a healthy weight will not only increase your conception chances you but also will help your stay fit and active during your pregnancy. 

Lifestyle Adjustment

You need to prepare both mentally and physically for your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure if any of your lifestyle choices might affect the chance or conception.

Understanding Ovulation

Ovulation is the essential first step to trying to get pregnant. Normally a woman will ovulate at about day 14 of her cycle. Sperm can live in a woman's body for about three to five days, and having sex every other day during the ovulation period will give the best chance of a pregnancy. You can keep an ovulation diary, and your doctor will help you with this.

Sex and Conception.

Some sexual positions are thought more likely to end in pregnancy than others. There is no proven data and this could be an old wives tale, but do still ask your doctor about how sexual positions can affects sperm count and conception.

Your Partner’s Role

It always takes two to tango and as such your partner's medical, sexual, and their family history will all play a part in your quest for parenthood. Check him out and make any adjustments and together you will soon be pregnant and looking forward to being parents. 

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