Are you ready?
Often when women try to become pregnant they will make lifestyle
changes to improve their own health and the health of their unborn
child. During pregnancy your health and your baby's health are one.
If you are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant, it is best
•Avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs.
These substances can cause birth defects, such as respiratory
problems (asthma), low birth weight, foetal alcohol syndrome or
other health related illnesses.
•Talk to your doctor about any prescription drugs you may be
taking. Some medications and over-the-counter medications can
adversely affect the foetus. Your doctor may also recommend you
avoid common medicines such as aspirin and pain relievers
•Make sure you are taking adequate amounts of vitamins,
especially folic acid, which reduces the risks of neural tube birth
defects. The recommended daily dose of folic acid is from 400mcg a
•How is your relationship with your partner? Do you have
support? Having someone as a support during pregnancy can aid in
your ability to cope with the pressures and responsibilities of
being a mother.
pages have other information and ideas for women planning pregnancy
and trying to conceive.