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Preconception Health & Planning

Preconception Health & Planning

Your Health's Impact on Reproductive Goals

The more conscious you are about your health and wellbeing, the better the chance of living a healthy life – and for women, the better the chance of having a healthy pregnancy and raising a healthy family. Here are some important things to consider if you are thinking about becoming pregnant.

what are your health goals and/or challenges?

It’s important to have annual checkups with your healthcare provider. These visits give you the opportunity to talk about your overall physical and mental wellbeing, things you can do to prevent future health problems, how your relationships are affecting your health, and what your childbearing goals are. It’s also a good time to review and discuss behaviors that can put your health at risk, such as alcohol, tobacco or other substance abuse, diet, and levels of physical activity.[1]

how healthy is your diet?

Healthy eating habits can give you more energy and can reduce or even prevent some chronic conditions. Did you know doctors recommend that all women of childbearing age take a daily vitamin that includes Folic Acid? Adequate folic acid helps prevent some birth defects. A vitamin isn’t a substitute for choosing healthy foods, but it is an insurance policy that you are getting the nutrients you need even on your busiest days.[1]

There are many nutrition resources and apps that can help guide you:

what is your family's health history?

It’s extremely valuable to know your family’s health history because it can help you better understand your own health and prepare for the future. In doing so, you may be able to prevent future health issues for both you and your baby.[1]

do you have any existing conditions?

Make sure you know all of the prescriptions you’re taking and how they might react with other drugs, food, alcohol, or over the counter medications. Stay on top of instructions and dosages and be sure to talk with your healthcare provider regularly.[1]

relationship support

Stress is part of life, but finding balance is critical to your emotional and mental wellbeing. There are many strategies to help reduce stress – from physical activity and hobbies, to meditation or simple “me time.” No relationship is perfect, but the time you spend with your partner, family, and friends should make you feel happy and safe. You can talk with your healthcare provider about resources in your community that can help you build the support systems you need to reduce stress and strengthen relationships.[1]

[1] For Baby’s Sake. It starts with you. ( Accessed 8/15/2022.