Your Reproductive Life Plan:
A reproductive life plan is taking into consideration your priorities, goals, values, and personal health when planning whether or not to have children and when might be the right time for you.
You have the control over your own reproductive life plan and to make decisions about:
- Having children or not having children
- When to have a child
- How you plan to have children
“If you don't have a plan to prevent pregnancy, you have a plan to get pregnant” (Toronto Public Health)
What's Your Plan?
With approximately 50% of all Canadian pregnancies being unplanned, planning before having a baby can help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. Preconception health refers to the health of all individuals during their reproductive years and is important to consider regardless of your gender or sexual orientation (OPHA, 2014).
There are many choices that you can make to take control over your health & reproductive plan, regardless of whether you plan to have children or not. Making these positive choices will improve your health and will help your chances of having a healthy baby if you choose to.
The following provides you with information you may want to consider depending on where you are in your current Reproductive Life Plan.
What's Your Plan if…
Your Bundle of Joy has Arrived – What's Your Plan?
- Looking for parenting support? Look no further – Triple P can help ease your transition to parenting.
As a parent, your health can impact your entire family. To maintain your mental and physical health:
- Make time for rest and sleep (At least 6 hours within a 24 hour period). Rest and sleep will help maintain your physical, mental and emotional health.
- Make sure your weight loss goals are realistic. It takes time to lose weight gained from pregnancy. The best way to return to a healthy weight is through breast feeding, healthy eating and an active lifestyle.
- Give your body the time and nutrients it needs to heal. Resume sexual activity when you feel both emotionally and physically able to do so. Use birth control until you are ready to expand your family. To give your body and baby the best start possible, wait at least 18-24 months and no more than 5 years between each pregnancy.
- Looking for more support? The Healthy Babies Healthy Children home visiting program can help!
Overall, stay connected with your health care provider and discuss your health and lifestyle pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.