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Prenatal information

Planning for pregnancy

Statistics show that the health and well-being of an unborn child can be influenced before conception. Therefore, couples planning for a pregnancy should make certain lifestyle choices ideally three months to give the baby the best possible start in life. These lifestyle choices should start three months prior as a man’s sperm and woman’s egg can be adversely affected by insufficient diet, social and environmental factors.

Factors which are considered important include:

  • the use of recreational drugs
  • previous STI infections
  • anabolic steroid use
  • medications
  • occupation (job)

Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of planning for a pregnancy. 

Further information is available on the NHS website and from the British Nutrition Foundation.


Last reviewed: 06 March 2024