Once you and your partner have decided to have a child, you can focus on optimum physical and psychological preparation
for the pregnancy.
You should begin to take more care of your health before falling pregnant. A balanced and nutritious diet will provide the
body with many essential vitamins and minerals you will need to support your pregnancy. It is particularly
important to ensure that your diet contains sufficient quantities of folic acid, which substantially
reduces the risk of innate malformations in the foetal spine and spinal marrow (neural tract malformations).
The principle sources of folic acid include leafy vegetables, potatoes, grains and liver. In addition, a special vitamin
compound is generally recommended for pregnant women, containing folic acid and other micronutrients
vital for the healthy development of your baby.
You are highly recommended to give up smoking before falling pregnant. Smoking has a harmful effect on both your own health
and that of your unborn child. Moreover, smoking has a negative impact on the fertility of both men
and women. The same is true of toxic substances used in the home or in the environment (solvents,
A balanced fitness programme should also be part of your preparations for pregnancy. Keeping fit and maintaining good circulation
will help you to support the additional weight you will gain and help minimise the physical discomfort
experienced during pregnancy.