Pre-conception care

Prior to getting pregnant a woman should ensure she is in optimal health. This includes:

  • Quitting smoking: smoking affects hormone levels making it difficult to conceive. Furthermore, it can harm the foetus.
  • Not drinking alcohol: Alcohol can increase the risk of miscarriage and effect foetal development. It can also decrease a man’s fertility if taken in excessive quantities.
  • Maintaining a well-balanced diet
  • Folic acid or iron supplements
  • Being vaccinated for Rubella and HPV
  • Reducing caffeine intake