Thinking of Having a Baby
Meet your course leaders. The importance of planning for your future pregnancy.
Optimum time for becoming pregnant. Regular & irregular cycles .. your fertile window. Effects of stopping contraception.
Your chances of falling pregnant, pre and post 35 years old. Optimum time between pregnancies.
What you should cut out and what is good to eat.
What to cut back on. Effects of alcohol and smoking for both male & female partners.
Optimising good general health. STD screening and updating your vaccines.
Managing common conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, fibroids etc. Looking at your medications suitability.
Different signs of pregnancy and testing. Starting antenatal care.
Options for relaxation and support.
What to do if getting pregnant is taking too long. Testing.
Thinking of having a baby …..
Our “Thinking about having a Baby” class is about helping you prepare and think about your health and wellbeing before you become pregnant – this is often called Preconception care.
This class is jointly presented by our two lead midwives … Marley Hall & Amina Hatia. between them they have 40 years of midwifery experience and 9 babies, including twins! Their experience and expert support will help guide you through the first trimester leaving you knowledgeable, re assured and empowered at the start of your journey to parenthood.
Importance of preconception care
Preconception care helps to identify and address any health issues that may affect a pregnancy and baby’s well-being. By understanding your health and making any necessary changes, you can improve fertility, reduce the risk of birth defects, and enhance the chances of a healthy pregnancy and birth. Ideally, both partners should participate in preconception care. It ensures that both of you are in good health and increases the chances of a successful pregnancy.
What you will learn
It’s never too early to start thinking about preconception care! Ideally you should start thinking about preconception care at least three to six months before trying for a baby. This allows enough time to make any necessary lifestyle changes, address health concerns, and optimise your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
Folic acid is one of the most important supplements recommended during preconception and early pregnancy. It helps prevent neural tube defects in the developing baby. Your GP, midwife or doctor may also recommend other supplements based on your individual health needs.
Taught by qualified NHS professionals
Our experts have extensive experience working in the NHS and private sector to provide you with the best bespoke one-to-one care and support.