I cut down on the amount of alcohol I drank. For the 2 weeks before my period was due after ovulation I did not drink in case I was pregnant.
I went to the doctors, as I needed some vaccinations as we were off to South Africa and I mentioned that I was trying for a baby, so they suggested a blood test to check that I was immune against Rubella (German measles), as Rubella in early pregnancy may cause fetal abnormalities. I was immune to Rubella.
I also had a blood test for toxoplasmosis. This is a parasite infection and if this is caught for the first time in early pregnancy it can cause damage to your baby's eyes and brain. To minimise the risk don't handle cat litter, wash fruit and vegetables including bagged salad, and don't eat under-cooked food. As I grew up with cats then I was immune to this.
There weren't any problems in me having my vaccinations and trying to conceive.
As soon as I made the decision to conceive I started to take folic acid (vitamin B9). This supplement may reduce the risk of your baby having a neural tube defect such as spina bifida.
I wanted to give my body the best chance before pregnancy, so as well as watching my drink, I ate healthier.
This site is not official advice: just one mum's experience!
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