Pregnancy Planning

  • Where possible, it is recommended you have an appointment with your GP 3-6 months before planning a pregnancy.
  • Optimising your health increases your chances of a healthy pregnancy.  Your GP will ensure any health issues are well managed, that any medications/supplements are pregnancy safe and check that your vaccinations are up to date.  
  • Smoking cigarettes, excessive alcohol and other drugs may affect fertility of both partners. Smoking and drinking alcohol and using drugs is not recommended in pregnancy. If you and/or your partner require help to quit, your GP can help you.  
  • Both folic acid and iodine are required for the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system. To ensure adequate levels we recommend, where possible, starting supplementation at least three months before trying to conceive. Your GP can advise the right supplements for your situation.
  • Women and their partners may be carriers of serious genetic conditions, eg. Cystic Fibrosis. If both partners are carriers of the same genetic disorder, they have a 25% chance of having a child with that health condition.  Couples may choose to undertake screening to find out if they both carry these genes.  Your GP can discuss your situation and arrange carrier screening if you wish (fees may apply to testing).
  • Once you are ready to get pregnant, it can be frustrating to not be pregnant straight away.  Check in with your GP if you are aged under 35 years and you aren’t pregnant after 12 months of trying, if you are 35 years or older after 6 months, or earlier if you have concerns about your fertility.