Prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy and baby
What is preconception healthcare?
In a nutshell, it is taking extra care with your health (both partners) in the 3 - 4 months leading up to conception. Studies have shown that preconception health can play an important role in the health of the mother and baby, and the success of medically assisted conceptions.
The time frame of 3 - 4 months relates to the time it takes for both sperm and eggs to mature. It is important to continue taking care throughout your entire pregnancy, to keep both yourself and baby healthy and happy.
What should I do first?
A good place to start is by visiting your GP and letting them know that you are going to start trying to conceive.
They will order any appropriate tests (such as immunity to Rubella), and can provide you with a prescription for iodine and folic acid.
An NFNZ educator can provide further support and advice to you, as well as helping you to identify when the best time to try is.
Make a preconception healthcare plan
Carry out a 'health audit' on yourself and your partner, and then make a plan of which things you are going to focus on, they may include:
- Supplements (folic acid, iodine)
- Lifestyle factors (alcohol, smoking)
- Relaxation / Stress reduction
NFNZ educators are qualified to assist you on your preconception journey. Take a look at our resources page for some great tools to get you started.