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 that you:
•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 containing acetaminophen.
•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 day.
•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.
Our pre-conception pages have other information and ideas for women planning pregnancy and trying to conceive.