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Preparing for pregnancy

Before trying to conceive you should try to be as health as possible to maximize your chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby. This means maintaining a healthy weight, stopping smoking and minimizing caffeine (e.g. tea and coffee) and alcohol. Smoking can damage your baby and lead to a 30% increased risk of miscarriage of losing the baby at birth due to a variety of complications. We have smoking cessation clinics at the practice so book in to see the nurse to discuss giving up. Try to abstain from alcohol whilst trying for a baby and during your pregnancy.

Make sure your smears are up to date (if you are over 25).

You need to take 400 micrograms of folic acid three months before your start to try for a baby. This will decrease the incidence of spinal cord and nerve problems with your baby. You can buy folic acid from chemists and supermarkets.


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