What the Professionals say: Preconception care: is it worth it?

Most women don''t have special preconception care and don''t seem to need it so wouldn''t enforce specific visits to the doctor for everyone, but would pinpoint a few areas that must be addressed before you get pregnant. Firstly, sound advice on diet, vitamins and alcohol intake at around conception and just after. Secondly, any medical conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure etc) gynaecological problems (abnormal cervical smears) or psychological/emotional problems (for example depression). You really should see a doctor if you fall into any of these categories as sometimes special arrangements need to be made early on for your antenatal care. The preconception period means getting yourself (and partner) ready psychologically as well as physically for a baby. Pregnancy often occurs as a surprise, but if it is being planned then you have an ideal chance to sort out, usually with your family doctor, any problems that you might have. If you have had miscarriages or difficulties conceiving then you may want to get in touch with some of the agencies and groups that exist to provide specialist preconception advice and emotional support for those that have been through miscarriages or had problem pregnancies before.
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