At the Newlife clinic the welfare and pregnancy care of our patients is key, with experts leading the different services that we provide. Most people assume they will conceive without really even trying. However, the reality is that it may take months or even years, to become pregnant. There are lots of things that you and your partner can do to prepare your bodies to help and prepare you for healthy pregnancy. Some women may be advised to lose a little weight as being overweight can have an impact on preventing pregnancy. You will also be advised to start taking Folic Acid if you haven’t started this already. By taking folic acid every day for at least a month before you conceive and during your first trimester, you can cut your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects such as spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Taking folic acid helps prevent some other birth defects as well. Others factors to be considered would be if you smoke and/or drink then you need to stop. Many studies have shown that smoking or taking drugs can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, and low-birth-weight babies. Tobacco can also affect sperm causing men to suffer from low sperm count. If you currently do not exercise, now is a good time to start, even a 30 minute walk each day is good for you if you are not someone who wants to join a gym. Walking is also a good release from stress which is also known to prevent or hinder conception. Research has shown that Holistic Therapies can also be used to reduce stress levels. Once pregnancy has been confirmed, it is important to inform your clinic of any concerns you have so that they can keep a close eye on you and inform you accordingly. It is usually recommended to have a scan at 6 weeks to confirm that your pregnancy is viable. This means that a heartbeat has been detected. The scan can also confirm how many embryos there are, date confirmation, size of sac or embryowhich also confirms the number of weeks of pregnancy and confirmation of the presence of any internal bleeding that may require close monitoring. Research has shown that if you see a heartbeat at 6 weeks of pregnancy, the chances of the pregnancy continuing are 78%. A heartbeat at 8 weeks increases the chance of a continuing pregnancy to 98% and at 10 weeks this increases to 99.4%. It is also advised that you should now avoid certain seafoods, cheeses and other foods which you can discuss with the nursing team. Caffeine intake should also be taken into account. During early pregnancy, you will notice many hormonal and physical changes taking place within your body. You might need to make small changes to your daily routine to accommodate these changes, such as going to bed earlier or eating frequent, small meals if you are suffering from morning sickness. Some women are lucky enough to not notice any changes at all except for their growing baby bump!