Female preconception care

There are many things the female partner can do to prepare for pregnancy.

Talk to her doctor about the prescription medicines she currently takes:
Some prescription drugs are not recommended during pregnancy.14
Avoid contact with chemicals at work & in the home:
Pesticides, chemical fertilisers and petrochemicals can lead to pregnancy complications.14
Sleep well & exercise:
Adequate sleep and exercise are essential for general health, which supports reproductive health.14
Ensure adequate nutrition:
A healthy diet is essential for general health, which supports reproductive health.14
Couples planning pregnancy may be interested to know that Elevit is a specifically formulated supplement
available for women planning pregnancy. Elevit should be taken 30 days prior to conception and throughout pregnancy to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects.
Maintain a healthy weight:
Women should ensure their body mass index is below 29 kg/m2 (and above 19 kg/m2) to maximise their chances of conceiving.14

Avoid alcohol & tobacco:
Smoking/passive smoking and alcohol are proven to harm pregnancy.14
Have regular sex at the right time:14
Women can learn to keep track of their menstrual cycle and know when they are ovulating. Talk to your doctor about tracking ovulation. Click here to learn more.
Talk to her doctor about vaccinations:
Depending on personal situations a doctor may recommend certain vaccinations prior to pregnancy.14
Take time to relax and avoid stress:
Stress can affect a couple’s relationship and is likely to reduce libido and how often they have sex.14

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