Last Reviewed April 2010
Preparing to conceive
Before you get pregnant there are many things you and your partner should think about.
What about your family history?
Health problems can be passed on in families through their genes. Find out about medical histories on both sides of the family.
What about infections?
Are your immunizations up-to-date? If not, you will need to be immunized before pregnancy.
Get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI's). STI's may make it difficult to get pregnant and can harm an unborn baby.
What are your stress levels?
When stress levels get too high for men and women, it can be more difficult to get pregnant. Find ways to relieve your physical stress and talk about your feelings with a supportive person.
What things do you need to reduce and avoid?
There are things you should reduce or avoid to better your chances of getting pregnant and delivering a healthy baby.
- Reduce your caffeine intake before getting pregnant.
- Stop drinking alcohol and using recreational drugs before planning a pregnancy.
- Talk to your doctor about the safety of medications you're taking.
- Quit and make your home smoke-free before trying to conceive.
- Think about what kinds of chemicals or substances you may be exposed to at work and at home.