Before Pregnancy

It pays to be prepared. Preconception planning offers the best outcome for your baby.

Having a baby is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Yet many people plan more for an annual vacation than they do for this major life-altering event. Preparing your body and your life for motherhood can minimize any dangers to your baby from certain infections, nutritional concerns and environmental exposures. Preconception counselling can ensure that you are aware of the best ways to prime your body for successful conception, which includes starting regular folic acid supplements at least three months before you conceive.

There are many environmental hazards, medications, substances and foods that need to be avoided during pregnancy in order to protect the healthy development of the baby. It is also very important that women are pre-screened by their doctors to ensure immunizations are up to date and any illnesses are ruled out that may adversely affect the pregnancy. Genetic history, lifestyle, and relationship and psychosocial issues can all be reviewed at this time to further reduce any risks to the potential pregnancy – and to the mother.

Priming for Pregnancy

Priming for Pregnancy

Once a woman has decided she is ready to convert the guest bedroom to a nursery, often she is ready to get pregnant right away. But are there any tips for getting pregnant as soon as possible – other than just simply having sexual intercourse? What are basal body thermometers and do they work? Are there certain times of the month that are better for conception than others? Does position matter? Can you improve your odds of having a boy or a girl? How long do you have to try before you seek medical help? Read our priming for pregnancy section for the answers to any questions you may have surrounding the best ways to boost your chances of successful conception.

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Folic Acid

Folic Acid

Start taking folic acid at least 3 months before you get pregnant and you can decrease your baby’s chances of developing spina bifida by 50% and reduce the risk of other abnormalities such as: congenital heart disease, urinary tract problems, facial clefts, limb defects and some pediatric cancers.

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