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

Before Pregnancy

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.

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Eating Right and Exercising

Many women are motivated during pregnancy to improve their diet and increase their physical activity — but don’t wait until you become pregnant! Healthy eating habits and regular exercise may actually help prevent complications during your pregnancy.

Folic Acid

Reduce the risk of your baby developing spina bifida or other abnormalities by taking folic acid at least three months before you conceive.


Counselling and screening for certain inherited conditions can help you make informed decisions about a future pregnancy.

Infectious Disease Risk

If you are planning a pregnancy, check your immunity to certain diseases like Rubella and Chicken Pox. If you are not immune, it is best to be vaccinated before you get pregnant to reduce serious risks to your baby should you be exposed to these infections during your pregnancy.


Once you have decided you want to have a baby, it can be heartbreaking if you encounter problems with conceiving. Understand the reasons for infertility and how it may be treated.

Medical Complications

For women with medical complications, it is always best to plan your pregnancy and discuss your condition with a health care/specialist to prevent any problems from arising in the pregnancy.

Priming for Pregnancy

Your body is ready for pregnancy, but there are still so many questions...What are basal body thermometers? When is the best time of the month to conceive? Does position matter? Can you improve your odds of having a boy or a girl? What you need to know to improve your chances for a successful pregnancy.