Allow plenty of time for preconception planning and care before you start to try for a baby.
You will increase your chances of getting pregnant if both you and your partner are in good health. A bad diet, being overweight or obese, smoking, drinking and unhealthy working conditions can affect the quality of sperm and make it more difficult for you to get pregnant. You should both try to make your lifestyle as healthy as possible before you try to conceive. If you want to make positive changes before trying for a baby, Live Well Dorset, is a free service that offers information and advice on making healthy lifestyle changes.
If you need advice about preconception care before trying for a baby, your general practitioner (GP) or a midwife can give you more information. Preconception care is sometimes provided by practice nurses, health visitors, family planning clinics and Well Woman clinics. Speak to your GP to find out what’s available.