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By increasing your healthy behaviors like eating well, exercising often and decreasing substance use you help decrease your risk for disease later in life. If you are undecided about pregnancy you should work towards being healthy for yourself that way you will be prepared if or when you decide you would like to be pregnant. You have many options to protect yourself from pregnancy until you’re ready, a health care provider can help you choose a birth control method that is right for you. The subjects below give you an overview of the topic, the impact it may have on your health, populations that are at high risk and recommendations. There are also links to additional information. If you are concerned about any of the topic areas, you can discuss it further with a health care provider. Enjoy working on your journey to a healthier you!

Family Planning and Contraception

About 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. Having a planned pregnancy and appropriate time in between pregnancies will help reduce poor birth outcomes.

Mental Health

Mental Health conditions are most common during reproductive ages and in most cases pregnancy can decrease mental stability.

   

Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases are most likely to develop in women during reproductive age and may worsen during pregnancy.

Genetic History

About 20% of birth defects are due to genetic history and may have severe impacts on function later in life.

   

Medication Use

Prescription use continues to rise and increases birth complications. Check to see if your medications could affect you or a pregnancy negatively.

Nutrition and Fitness

Nutrition and fitness can help reduce obesity and chronic health problems reducing birth complications and prolonging your health.

   

Partner Violence

Partner violence comes in many forms and can result in unwanted pregnancies or a loss of current pregnancy.

 

Previous Pregnancy Outcomes

Most pregnancies are healthy; however, poor previous birth outcomes increase the chances of future pregnancy complications.

   

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases

Certain infections, diseases, vaccines and medications can have negative impacts on reproductive health and pregnancy.

Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol Use

Substance use increases your risk for other diseases that may affect your reproductive health. Quit as soon as you can!