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A healthy lifestyle can have positive effects on the circumstances under which you get pregnant as well as the outcome of the pregnancy.

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Consults for pregnancy planning

Many of the complications during pregnancies and possible problems later on in the life of a child are a result of the first instance of the embryo and the placenta. By living healthy you can positively influence the circumstances under which you get pregnant as well as the outcome of the pregnancy for yourself and for your child. Things to watch out for include alcohol, smoking, a bad diet, medication, possible risk factors in your family and not enough folic acid.

We offer every woman who wants to get pregnant the opportunity for individual advice during our pregnancy planning consultation. Contact our practice for more information by calling: 0492 – 53 28 00.

Folic acid

Getting enough folic acid is important if you want to get pregnant. Are you planning on having children? Then be sure to take extra folic acid. Folic acid reduces the chance of a number of severe disorders for your baby, such as spina bifida or an open skull. These congenital defects are also called neural tube defects. The chances of your baby being born with a neural tube defect are extremely small. These defects affect about 6 in every 10,000 babies born in the Netherlands. However, we still recommend taking extra folic acid if you are planning to have children to reduce the chance of having a baby with a neural tube defect even further.



Alcohol is one of the most common stimulants. However, your unborn child will suffer the consequences. Drinking a lot of alcohol usually influences eating habits. If you drink while you are pregnant, you are also harming your child. It might even lead to a miscarriage. Any alcohol consumed by the mother goes directly through the placenta to the unborn child. The consequences are huge, both before and after the birth. Babies forced to share the alcohol consumption of their mothers are often too small at birth and will most likely not make up for it at a later age. The central nervous system might be damaged, as well as the organs, such as the hart. The child might also suffer from ocular defects. Especially if the mother drinks a lot of alcohol for an extended period, the child is at serious risk for these and other defects. That is why we advise against drinking alcohol when you’re pregnant.


Drinking one or more glasses of alcohol a day can reduce the fertility of both men and women. Women who drink 0.2 to 1 glass of alcohol a day are 40% less likely to get pregnant within the next 6 months compared to women who don’t drink. The consumption of alcohol during the weeks before and after the impregnation increases the risks of a miscarriage and fetal death. The more both partners drink, the bigger the risk.


We don’t yet know everything about smoking during pregnancy, but we do know one thing for sure: if you smoke, the placenta get less blood and the unborn child get less oxygen, which stunts the grow. At birth, the baby will easily weigh about 200 grams less: the more the mother smokes, the lower the weight at birth. This makes the child more vulnerable and the mortality risk increases.


The effects of drug use during pregnancy can remain visible until at a late age. The child may suffer from intellectual, emotional or motor problems and it might also suffer from a number of physical defects for the rest of its life.

That is why we absolutely advise against using drugs during pregnancy and we advise that you stop taking drugs if you are planning to get pregnant!

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