Plan ahead

It is worth taking the time to plan your pregnancy properly so you and your partner are in the best of health and to maximise your chances of getting pregnant. It can also help if you just want to give your baby a good start.

If you allow plenty of time and start preparing for conception early you will gain the most benefits. If you haven’t allowed the time, or if you find yourself accidentally pregnant, don’t panic. Any positive lifestyle changes you make now will still make a difference.

How long will it take to get pregnant?

Some couples are able to conceive very quickly, and for others it may take longer. We are not all the same, and no two pregnancies are the same either. Many factors affect your chances of getting pregnant, including your age, weight, general health and your reproductive health, but as a general rule about 84 out of every 100 will get pregnant within a year if they have regular sex and don’t use contraception. About 92 out of 100 couples trying to get pregnant will do so within two years.

In the pages which follow there are a few important things to think about when trying for a baby:

Last Updated: 13 December 2012
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