• See your physician and learn what tests should be done and when.
  • If you have a chronic medical condition, try to get it under control before you start pregnancy.
  • There is no safe amount or safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy – if you drink alcohol while you are pregnant, you are at risk of giving birth to a baby with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
  • Regular physical activity during pregnancy can help build your stamina for labour and delivery. Before starting a new exercise program, you should talk to your doctor.
  • Avoid smoking. The more you smoke, the higher the risk that your baby will have complications during the perinatal period (just before, during and just after birth). This is true for babies exposed to second-hand smoke too.
  • Taking care of your teeth and gums is very important when you are pregnant. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase your risk of developing periodontal (gum and bone) disease. Poor oral health may also affect the health of your developing baby.
  • Guard your mental health. If certain people or situations cause you stress, avoid them as much as possible. Don’t take on added responsibilities at work or in your community.