All women can benefit for preconception health, even if they do not plan on having a baby. This is because part of preconception health is all about getting and staying healthy throughout your life. Also, unplanned or mistimed pregnancies do happen. In fact, about 1 in 5 of all pregnancies in Utah are not planned.
Even if you not plan to have a child in the next year, or ever, you will need:
- A yearly well-woman visit
- A healthy diet, including taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid
- To exercise regularly
- To work work with your doctor to get any medical conditions – like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure or obesity – under control
- To make sure all your vaccinations are up to date
- Get help to quit smoking, alcohol abuse, or drug use
- Work with a health care provider to manage any mental health conditions
You will also need to decide what birth control method is best for you. See our Family Planning and Birth Control section for more information about the different types of birth control.