Before pregnancy

If you are planning, or at risk of becoming pregnant, you should aim to be as healthy as possible so that your baby gets the best possible start in life. You are more likely to get pregnant if both you and your partner are in good health.

Talk to your GP or specialist before you try to get pregnant if you have any health conditions. Information on the physical process of getting pregnant and what you should do when you find out you are pregnant, is available in the Public Health Agency Pregnancy Book in chapters entitled becoming pregnant and thinking about the next baby. 

Information is available to help you make lifestyle changes regarding, nutrition, exercise, alcohol, drugs and smoking on page 5 of The Pregnancy Book and chapter 5, Your health in pregnancy.

If you have recently come to the UK, you should get a full medical assessment before you become pregnant or shortly after you become pregnant with a GP. Ask your local health centre for details on registering with a Practice.

Further information and support can be found in the useful links section.


Page last updated:21 May 2019