It’s also important to start preparing your body for pregnancy with healthy eating and exercise, even though you won’t fall pregnant for a week or two. It’s particularly important to cut any substances which may harm your foetus out of your diet. These include tobacco, alcohol (see Alcohol and pregnancy for more information), caffeine (see Caffeine in pregnancy for more information), recreational drugs and also some foods (see Pregnancy diet: Foods to avoid for more information). If you use any medicines, check with your doctor whether they are safe to use during pregnancy, or if you’ll need to use an alternative medicine.
If you are not already exercising, now is the right time to start. You’ll be more likely to continue exercising throughout your pregnancy if you start now, and that’s good news. Exercising in pregnancy is not only safe, it will have health benefits for both you and your bub. See Exercise and pregnancy for more information.
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