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.
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