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Patient is (PIC)turing Pregnancy Topics

Pregnancy is an exciting time and full of joy, however it is also a fragile state and can easily be impacted by toxic exposures, risky behaviors, chronic disease, and other issues. If the patient has decided she would like to become pregnant, the provider must guide her in the appropriate steps for a healthy pregnancy. The subjects below provide an overview of the topic area, the impact it may have on the pregnancy, populations that are at a higher risk, and further recommendations. There are also links to additional information and services. If the patient is considering pregnancy or is at childbearing age, it is recommended that a preconception visit with a healthcare provider is made in order to discuss areas of improvement and appropriate testing for the healthiest possible pregnancy. It is important to optimize the health in each of these topic areas to prepare the patient for pregnancy. Get started now!

Family Planning and Contraception

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. In most cases, pregnancy can decrease mental stability.


Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases may worsen during pregnancy and decrease the overall health of the mother and child.

Genetic History

About 20 percent of birth defects are due to genetic history and may have severe impacts on function later in life. Click here to help guide patient decisions.


Medication Use

Prescription use continues to rise and increases birth complications. Check here for tips in guiding medication usage.

Nutrition and Fitness

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


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 is a 100% preventable cause of poor birth outcomes. Most exposure occurs before the women knows she is pregnant.

Page Updated: 8/23/2017