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Preconception refers to the period leading up to a pregnancy - starting from the decision to have a baby to the point of conception (becoming pregnant).
To increase your chances of getting pregnant it is important that you lead a healthy lifestyle and take good care of yourself. You should have a balanced, healthy diet and exercise regularly. Before you get pregnant you should check with your GP that you have had all the necessary vaccinations such as MMR and chickenpox.
Your GP will also be able to provide you with more information on how to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Obviously, not all pregnancies are planned, so some women will only start to monitor their health when they find out the are pregnant. Try to make any changes as soon as possible, and it will be beneficial to you and your baby.
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and special times in your life and also one where the body undergoes huge physical and emotional changes as your baby develops and grows. Nothing can quite prepare you for this exciting journey.