Before or between pregnancies
If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, the best thing you and your partner can do for your baby is to plan ahead. Having a healthy baby begins well before you get pregnant, so start making healthy choices now!
Get to a healthy weight, take folic acid to help prevent birth defects and visit your health care provider for a preconception checkup to make sure you’re as healthy as you can be.
There are ways you can improve your chances of getting pregnant. And if you’re having trouble getting pregnant, you’re not alone. Learn about fertility treatment options.
If you’re not ready for a baby just yet, use birth control until the time is right. And if you already have a baby and are planning for more children, learn why it's best to wait at least 18 months between giving birth and getting pregnant again.
In This Topic
- Becoming a dad (Fatherhood)
- Birth control
- Folic acid
- Genetic and chromosomal conditions
- Genetic counseling
- Getting health insurance
- Getting pregnant
- Getting ready for pregnancy: Preconception health
- Health disparities and pregnancy
- Health insurance before pregnancy
- Healthy eating before having a baby
- How long should you wait before getting pregnant again?
- Ovulation calendar
- Planning your pregnancy
- Thinking about fertility treatment
- Thinking about pregnancy after premature birth
- What to look for in a health insurance plan
- Your checkup before pregnancy
- Your family health history