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Fertility Week 15 - 21 October 2018

It has long been known that for women, being as healthy as possible, gives them the best chance of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby at birth.

In the last two decades, more and more research is showing that men's and women's health, even before conception, has a big influence on the health of the child, at birth and throughout the child's lifetime.

It is now well understood that factors including poor nutrition, being very overweight, smoking, exposure to some chemicals, and using drugs and alcohol at the time of conception can affect the future child's health - at birth and throughout their life.

These factors can affect the genes in the woman's eggs and man's sperm, as they grow and mature. This can then affect the developing baby, and can ultimately affect the child's health across its lifetime.

Fertility Week reminds men and women to get healthy now for their baby's future. Being as healthy as possible before conception, avoiding risks like smoking, alcohol, drugs and chemicals, not only improves their chance of pregnancy, but is important for the future health of their child.

Find out how men and women can get healthier before trying for a baby.

Your future baby will thank you.


Get involved in #FertilityWeek

Fertility Week is a national public education campaign, to help people improve their chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby. Fertility Week promotes conversations and awareness about factors that affect fertility. We encourage individuals and health professionals to help spread the word.

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