Why is Pre-Pregnancy Care Important

Why is Pre-Pregnancy Care Important

Many factors can affect pregnancy. Family history and your own health can affect pregnancy. Pre-pregnancy counselling can help so that any issues that might affect the pregnancy can be discussed and addressed.

Is Age just a number?

They say that age is just a number and that might be true until you are trying to conceive. Then it becomes muchmore significant. A woman will be less fertile as she gets older and that decline becomes more marked over the age of 35. Additionally getting pregnant later heightens the risk of :

  • Ectopic pregnancy (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 to stop any medications you are taking. Our gynaecologists will be able to advise you about how long it is likely to be before your cycle returns to normal.

Tweaking your pre-pregnancy Diet

If you are planning to get pregnant, your diet should be adjusted to give you the best chance of a healthy 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 your consultant will advise you 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 or your baby's health. 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 but will also help you stay fit and active during your pregnancy.

Lifestyle Adjustment

You need to prepare both mentally and physically for your pregnancy and for becoming a parent. Talk to your consultant gynecologist in London if you think any of your lifestyle choices might affect your chance or conception.

Understanding Ovulation

Ovulation is the first step to trying to get pregnant. Normally a woman will ovulate around 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 result in pregnancy than others. There is no proven data and this could be attributed to old wives tale, but your doctor will be happy to talk to you about how sexual positions can affects conception.

Your Partner's Role

Your partner's medical, sexual, and family history will all play a part in your quest for parenthood. We can help your partner check his sperm count and give other advice that will help you both look forward to being parents.

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