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Before Conception

When is conception? The exact time is never known but usually it is 14 days after the first day of the last normal menstrual period (LNMP). It could be any day after the LNMP so for a good safety margin  apply the following advice from the first day of the LNMP.

There are important steps to take before conception to offer baby the optimum start:

Take 0.4mg Folic acid daily for 3 months before and 3 months after conception. This helps to prevent spinal cord defects.

Stop alcohol intake before conception and during the entire pregnancy. This avoids fetal alcohol syndrome.

Stop all drugs except essential prescribed medications confirmed by your doctor to be required during conception and pregnancy. This includes leisure drugs, Health Food products and over the counter drugs. It is a good idea to discontinue Birth Control pills 3 months before conception.

Avoid exposure to radiation and X-ray Imaging around conception and after. Radiologists are supposed to ask you if you could be pregnant and protect you with lead aprons if exposure is unavoidable.

40 Weeks of Gestation



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