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(PIC)turing Pregnancy Topics

Pregnancy is an exciting time full of joy but is also a fragile state and can easily be impacted by toxic exposures, health, behaviors and disease. If you have decided you would like to get pregnant there are a number of steps you can take to increase your chances for a healthy pregnancy. The subjects below give you an overview of the topic, the impact it may have on you and your pregnancy, populations that are at a higher risk and recommendations. There are also links to additional information. If you are thinking about getting pregnant it is recommended to set up a preconception visit with a healthcare provider, they will be able to tell you which of these areas you need to improve on and run tests if necessary. It is important to optimize your health in each of these areas to prepare for pregnancy and become a healthier you, 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 and 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 learn more.


Medication Use

Prescription use continues to rise and increases birth complications. Check to see if the medications you are taking are safe for pregnancy.

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 percent preventable cause of poor birth outcomes. Most exposure occurs before the women knows she is pregnant, stop while you can!