What should I do before getting pregnant?

Being your healthiest self will help you fall pregnant. It’s a good idea to have a general medical check-up about 3 to 6 months before you try for a baby. You can talk to your Healthcare Professional about any tests that might help understand your current health status and whether any medicines should be avoided. If you or your partner have a family history of genetic conditions, your Healthcare Professional may recommend screening tests.
 
It’s a good idea to quit smoking, stop drinking alcohol and other drugs before you start trying for a baby.
 
If you need help giving up contact the following organisations:
 
• Quit line: call 13 78 48 (13 QUIT) 
 
• Alcohol Drug Information Service: call 1800 422 599.
 
It is recommended the caffeine intake is also limited; try to stick to 1 to 2 cups per day, remembering that caffeine can be found in other drinks like teas, colas and energy drinks.
 
Being a healthy weight increases you chances of conceiving a healthy baby, so eat a nutritious diet in line with the Australian Dietary Guidelines.  It is also important to exercise regularly . Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines recommend trying to do 2½ to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity, or 1¼ to 2½ hours of vigorous intensity activity per week.
 
Taking a folic acid supplement before you get pregnant is important to reduce the risk of your baby developing neural tube defects. It is recommended you take a supplement containing 400 mcg folic acid per day if you are trying to get pregnant. 
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