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Planning for pregnancy and pregnancy support

Planning for pregnancy support

You can improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy by following the steps on this NHS webpage (opens in a new window)

Women

Top tips for improved fertility and a healthy pregnancy include:

  1. quit smoking
  2. be a healthy weight (BMI less than 25), to find out your BMI use the NHS healthy weight calculator (opens in a new window)
  3. eat a healthy balanced diet
  4. be active (at least 150 minutes each week)
  5. reduce alcohol consumption
  6. quick win: use contraception for family spacing NHS your contraception guide (opens in a new window)
  7. quick win: take vitamin D (10mcg each day) and folic acid (400mcg each day) NHS vitamins, supplements and nutrition in pregnancy (opens in a new window)
  8. quick win: be up to date with all vaccinations (whooping cough, flu and at least 1 month before getting pregnant MMR)
  9. quick win: be up to date with sexual health checks NHS know your stuff (opens in a new window) and cervical screening

Men

Top tips for improved fertility and a healthier pregnancy include:

  1. quit smoking (stronger faster sperm)
  2. be a healthy weight (BMI less than 25), to find out your BMI use the NHS healthy weight calculator (opens in a new window)
  3. eat a healthy balanced diet (stronger faster sperm)
  4. be active (at least 150 minutes each week)
  5. reduce alcohol consumption (stronger faster sperm) 
  6. quick win: use contraception for family spacing NHS your contraception guide (opens in a new window)
  7. quick win: avoid illegal drugs and anabolic steroids

Pregnancy Planning Quiz

Find out your individual top tips for pregnancy planning here      https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/planning-pregnancy

Pregnancy support

Contact your GP or community midwife as soon as you think you are pregnant. They will help you to plan your care and decide where you would like your baby to be born. 

Tip: Book as early as you can with you community midwife. If you can before you have been pregnant for 12 weeks. There is lots of evidence that shows that you and your baby will be fitter and happier if you have your first appointment early. Your community midwife will have lots of information to help you, can answer your questions and arrange your scans etc.

There are also midwife drop in sessions in some children's centres or health clinics which you can go along to, and you can always go and see your GP if you have any concerns.

You are likely to find lots of parents-to-be classes across the county, some of which are in children's centres.

Healthy eating:  take a look at the NHS Choices - Have a healthy diet in pregnancy (opens in new window) site for advice and information.

NCT 1st 1000 days - New Parent Support: When you find out you're pregnant, one of the first things you'll probably want to know is when your baby might arrive. The NCT 1st 1000 days website has a handy pregnancy calculator to estimate your due date.  You can also find out about what antenatal screening and testing you will be offered during pregnancy as well as how you.

Information and support for parents: Online guides for parents