Preconception planning is about taking time to prepare your body and mind before becoming pregnant. This way, you are giving yourself the best chance at having a healthy and happy pregnancy and baby. Preconception planning involves making lifestyle changes, getting health tests done, and working closely with your health care team.
What is preconception planning?
Preconception planning includes anything you do to prepare for trying to conceive. Preconception care should start as early as possible for women who have pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
What to discuss with your midwife before pregnancy?
Your midwife is a great resource for helping you prepare your body and mind before getting pregnant. Preconception planning is a process, and your midwife can help you navigate all of the steps. Pre-pregnancy counseling with a therapist or support group may also be helpful in helping you prepare for pregnancy.
When should I start preconception care?
Preconception care can begin as early as one year prior to trying to conceive, but it's ideal if this type of preparation begins three months before any attempts to become pregnant. However it is never too late to start, we always recommend reaching out to your midwife as soon as you decide you would like to try to conceive.
How can I prepare my body for conception?
There are many steps you can take to begin preparing your body for pregnancy. Preconception care should be a team effort and include the support of your health care providers and your personal support system. A specialized facility will customize a preparation plan specific to your body and your individual needs. Diet, exercise, lifestyle choices, stress management, health tests can all be part of the plan developed for you.
What should I do if I have a pre-existing condition?
If you have a pre-existing condition, it's important to discuss your needs with your midwife. Preconception planning may involve extra appointments and tests before pregnancy as well as managing the condition during pregnancy.
Preconception planning should be a team effort and include the support of your health care providers, personal support system, and a specialized facility to help you get ready for pregnancy. Contact us today to schedule your preconception appointment.