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Patient is Undecided about Pregnancy Topics

When the patient increases healthy behaviors such as eating well, exercising often, and decreasing substance use, the risk of disease decreases later in life. If she is undecided about pregnancy, she should work towards being in the healthiest state in order to be prepared for if or when she decides to be pregnant. There are many options of contraception to avoid pregnancy until she is ready. Until then, as a healthcare provider you must guide her in an appropriate birth control method. The subjects below provide an overview of the topic area, the impact it may have on the pregnancy and overall health, populations that are at a higher risk, and further recommendations. There are also links to additional information. If the patient is undecided or at risk of pregnancy, it is recommended that a preconception visit with a healthcare provider is made to discuss risky behaviors leading to unwanted pregnancy, healthy lifestyle improvements, and the importance of the reproductive life plan. Get started now!

Family Planning and Contraception

About 50 percent 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 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 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 is a 100 percent preventable cause of poor birth outcomes. Most exposure occurs before the woman knows she is pregnant.

Page Updated: 8/23/2017