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Thinking about a baby
Whether you are thinking about having a baby soon, sometime in the future, or not at all, we want to help you be as healthy as possible and plan if and when pregnancy will occur. Below are some resources that will help.

Preconception health refers to the health of women and men during their reproductive years, which are the years they can have a child. Preconception health is about people getting and staying healthy overall, throughout their lives. In addition, no one expects an unplanned pregnancy. But it happens often. In fact, about half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned.

The CDC web site has some great information about preconception health.  Preconception health and health care focuses on taking steps now to protect the health of a baby in the future. However, preconception health is important for all women and men, whether or not they plan to have a baby one day.  Use the buttons on the left side of the linked web page to navigate the resources.

Thinking about your goals for having or not having children and how to achieve those goals is called a reproductive life plan. There are many kinds of reproductive life plans. Your plan will depend on your personal goals and dreams.  Print the worksheet below to get started on your own personal plan and take control of your reproductive choices!

If you are ready or getting ready to conceive, here are some resources from the Show Your Love campaign that can help you make a plan for a healthy pregnancy.  The Show Your Love web site has lots of great information and more resources for you.  

Even if you are not planning on having a baby, taking care of yourself is important at all times.  The Show Your Love web site has lots of great information and more resources for you, too.

Some of the topics they address include:

  •  Get The Care You Need
  •  Eat Well
  •  Move It
  •  Take A Daily Vitamin
  •  Protect Yourself Against Infections
  •  Break Up With Tobacco
  •  Happy And Safe Relationship
  •  Plan Ahead
  •  Take Care Of Your Conditions
  •  Know Your Meds
  •  Breathe And Balance
  •  Learn Your History
  •  Money Matters
  •  The Clock
  •  Call Me Mommy
  •  Watch Binge Drinking

Here are some resources from the Show Your Love campaign that can help you make a plan for a healthier you, including preventing pregnancy, avoiding STIs, reducing stress, eating right and more.    

The Florida Birth Defects Registry, the department’s statewide population-based surveillance system, monitors the numbers and types of birth defects that are occurring so appropriate prevention, intervention, education, and referral programs are available to assist affected individuals, families and their health care providers.

For more information about the prevention of birth defects in Florida, please visit www.fbdr.org. The department also partners with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) and the 2016 NBDPN Birth Defects Prevention information packet is available online.

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition Inc