Research is continuing to show how deeply important the first few weeks of pregnancy are. Getting care, information and advice before you become pregnant can improve health outcomes. You are welcome to plan a preconception appointment.
Even before you get pregnant it is important that you and your partner lead a healthy life. Harmful substances, as are found in cigarettes and alcohol, can damage fertility. At the moment you discover that you are pregnant, your baby’s organs are already developing. This requires nutrients from food and ideally a store of folic acid from four weeks prior to conception.