What is it?

If you’re planning to have a baby, it’s important to see your GP for a pre-conception visit so you can prepare for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

 

What will my GP do now?

Your GP will give you information about how to prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Your GP will also:

  • Help you manage any pre-existing health conditions and ensure your immunisations are up to date
  • Arrange pre-conception tests
  • Talk to you about your genetic risks and any other pregnancy risk factors
  • Check the safety of any medication you are taking, including non-prescription and drugs
  • Suggest multi-vitamins to start taking before you get pregnant
  • Any other issues that may impact your chances of getting pregnant
  • Possible options if you are finding it hard to fall pregnant

 

What can I do?

A good strategy is to act like you’re pregnant when you’re trying to get pregnant. Eat a healthy diet full of fresh whole foods, exercise regularly, stop alcohol, quit smoking and get enough rest.

Follow your GP’s instructions, and learn about what to expect during the early stages of pregnancy.