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Health Before Pregnancy

Is there a baby in your future? If you’re having sex, there’s always a chance you could get pregnant. A healthy lifestyle is especially important if you are in your reproductive years. The lifestyle choices you make now can have significant effects on the health of your future baby - planned or unplanned. It is best to prepare now for a healthy pregnancy.

Deciding if you want to have children, and when you want children is the first step. If you decide to wait or to not have children at all, the NWHU’s sexual health program can help you prevent pregnancy.

Preparing for Pregnancy
There are many aspects of health to consider when preparing for pregnancy. Topics include:
NWHU’s Life Plan Survey
Our life plan encourages you to reflect on your current lifestyle, and determine what changes are needed now to have a healthy child later. Click here for the plan:
Health Before Pregnancy - A Life Plan or get one at your local health unit office.

Contact your
local health unit office to speak with someone about preparing for a healthy pregnancy.

Learn more:

Public Health Question
  • Q:
    Can I get the flu shot if I’m pregnant?
    ​The flu shot is safe to get while you are pregnant, and in fact is important for the baby’s health. Influenza during pregnancy is not ideal. Once the baby is born, mom can spread viruses to the baby but a flu shot makes it very unlikely the mom w...