Pre-Pregnancy Health & Wellbeing

The decision to start a family is an important and sometimes overwhelming step.

Women and men should prepare for pregnancy before becoming sexually active — or at least three months before getting pregnant. Some actions, such as quitting smoking, reaching a healthy weight, or adjusting current medication should start even earlier.

The most important things you can do for preconception health are:

  1. Take folic acid every day to lower the risk of some congenital/birth disabilities of the brain and spine, including spina bifida. All women need folic acid every day. Talk to us about your folic acid needs.

  2. We will also discuss any additional supplements you may require, for example vitamin D supports healthy bone and immune development. If you are vegetarian, vegan or following a restricted diet due to coeliac disease or food intolerance, please discuss this with us as additional supplements or dietary advice may be required.

  3. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.

  4. If you have a medical condition, ensure it is under control. Some conditions that can affect pregnancy or be affected by it include asthma, diabetes, oral health, obesity, or epilepsy.

  5. Talk to your doctor about any over-the-counter and prescription medicines you are using. These include dietary or herbal supplements. Ensure your vaccinations are up to date.

  6. Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials that could cause infection at work and home. Stay away from chemicals, and cat or rodent faeces.

Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment.

Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway