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Before Pregnancy

Your health before pregnancy, otherwise known as "preconception health", focuses on all the things that all individuals can do to increase readiness for pregnancy, regardless of their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.


Being healthy before pregnancy and in between pregnancies, improves the chances of:

  • Making healthy sperm and eggs
  • Getting pregnant/fertility
  • Having a healthy pregnancy
  • Giving a future baby a healthy start in life

It is important to talk with your health care provider before you make a plan about getting pregnant or before you stop birth control.

  • Pregnant woman cookingHealthy Eating
    Eating well before, during and after pregnancy can help you and your baby get a healthy start.
  • Pregnant women in a yoga classPhysical Activity
    Being active before pregnancy can make it easier to stay active during pregnancy!
  • Foods rich in folateFolic Acid
    Taking a multivitamin containing folic acid every day, before you become pregnant and throughout your pregnancy, will help prevent some birth defects.
  • Pregnant women in yoga classHazards
    Learn how to protect yourself and your future family from harm such as smoking, alcohol, cannabis and more.
  • Woman on the phoneContact Us
    To speak with a Public Health Nurse about planning your pregnancy, please call Health Connection at 519-663-5317 ext. 2280, weekdays, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Date of creation: February 6, 2013
Last modified on: July 30, 2019

Online Prenatal Education

Online Prenatal Education

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Watch Dr. Carrie Schram talk about how women can plan and prepare for a healthy pregnancy.