As soon as you realise you may be pregnant, you can begin providing your baby with the best possible chance to survive and thrive. There is increasing evidence that suggests vulnerability to cot death begins very early on in development, during pregnancy. It’s never too early to start thinking about your baby’s health and well-being. Maintaining good antenatal care for your baby means:

> Eating a healthy and balanced diet

> Taking the recommended vitamins (such as Folic Acid, Vitamin D)

Have a chat to your Midwife about which supplements you need and how to get them

> Not Smoking

There are lots of smoking cessation services specifically designed for pregnant women. Ask your Midwife what support is available.

> Not Using Drugs or Alcohol

Remember that drugs includes medication, so ask your Midwife if you’re in any doubt about what you can have during pregnancy.

> Getting frequent medical checkups with your Midwife or Doctor

Maintaining good antenatal care for you and your unborn baby is the first step to protecting your baby from cot death. The Scottish Government Ready Steady Baby website for expectant parents has a lot of information about pregnancy.