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We want to start trying for a baby.

Tags: family , pregnancy

My husband and I want to start trying for a baby. He is 33 and I am 32. Should we get a health check-up done and where can we get his done?

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The answer

General data has shown that 84% of couples who have regular sexual intercourse every 2-3 days will conceive within 1 year and 92% within 2 years.

Advice and information can be obtained from your GP or Practice nurse, a community family planning clinic or community Pharmacist and the FPA (family Planning Association) for both of you which should include an assessment and evaluation of the following:

  • Cervical smear history- ideally this should be up to date
  • Smoking and alcohol- try to avoid pre conceptually and preferably also during the first trimester.
  • Diet, weight, exercise and stress-both of you should eat a healthy well balanced diet with a minimum of 5 portions or fruit or vegetables daily. Avoid raw meats, fish and eggs, unpasteurised milk and unripe soft cheeses e.g. Brie.
  • Regular exercise should be continued, however avoid saunas. Your BMI (body mass index or weight/height ratio) should ideally be 24.
  • Medication- review with your GP any current prescribed medication and discuss any safety issues. Herbal remedies should be avoided if possible. Folic acid 400mcg/day is advised pre-conception and up to at least 3 months of the pregnancy. Illicit drugs should be avoided. Your Rubella (German measles) and Varicella (chicken pox) immunity should be checked with a blood test.
  • Environmental- be aware of potential hazards e.g. some domestic cleaning chemicals, farm animals and cat litter trays should be avoided.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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