Healthy living

Planning to get pregnant

If you are thinking about starting a family visit your GP for a pre-conception consult.

There are many things you can do to improve your health and minimise the risk to your baby, all before conceiving. Some women can even increase the likelihood of conceiving.

Your GP will provide you with expert advice on planning your pregnancy. The preconception period (three months prior to pregnancy) is the time to make life changes for you and your partner that can help boost fertility, reduce problems during pregnancy and assist in recovery from birth.

Considerations when planning to get pregnant are:

The Women and Newborn Health Library (external site) provides consumer information on women’s and newborns’ health for patients, their families and carers, health professionals and the general public. The library is based at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222

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