Planning your pregnancy
If you are planning to get pregnant, the NHS recommends that you should take folic acid supplements from the time you start trying to conceive until you are 12 weeks pregnant.
You should also ensure your overall lifestyle is healthy, to give yourself and your baby the best start. Look at your diet including your alcohol intake, and how much exercise you do, with the aim of achieving a healthy weight for your height (a healthy BMI) before you conceive. Speak to your practice nurse for help and advice.
You can also get plenty of support to help you stop smoking.
For more information on planning and preparing for pregnancy, and what to expect at each stage of pregnancy, visit the pregnancy hub on the NHS Choices website.
Women with diabetes can find useful information on the Diabetes UK website.
A patient information leaflet on improving your health throughout your pregnancy is available in the 'downloads' section.
If you think you are pregnant please contact your GP or the maternity community office on 023 8120 4871 to arrange booking an appointment for just before you are 10 weeks pregnant.