Preparing to Have a Baby
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​It’s important to be healthy before becoming pregnant. You are more likely to have a healthy pregnancy and baby if you and your partner are ready, watch this video to learn more.

Healthy living factors

Learn more about healthy living.

Fertility

To find out when you are most fertile, or when you are most likely to become pregnant, use the HealthLink BC Interactive Tool: When Are You Most Fertile?

It’s good to know the basics about fertility so that you can learn when the time is right for you. Sometimes getting pregnant may be difficult. Infertility or challenges getting pregnant can occur in approximately 15% of women.

Is your relationship ready for a baby?

Having a baby will change your relationship with your partner. No longer will there just be the two of you with individual needs and wants. A baby will demand more attention and may cause stress to a relationship.

  • Take time to discuss each other’s beliefs and values around raising a child.
  • Make a plan for the division of household chores.
  • Discuss how each parent can be involved in caring for the baby.
  • Work out together how to be financially prepared.

Relationship safety

Violence, abuse, sexual abuse, and trauma all impact the emotional and physical health of pregnant women.

Domestic abuse, also known as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of threats, physical, sexual, or emotional violence using power and control. It may get worse when you are pregnant or after you have the baby. It is not your fault. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

  • Learn about the signs of domestic violence. It can start quite subtly with comments, criticisms, or threats. Learn more at Domestic Violence BC.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, abuse or sexual abuse in a relationship, help is out there. In an emergency, call 911 for the operator and ask for the police.
  • VictimLINK, a province-wide telephone helpline is available in 130 languages, 24 hours a day, and can link you to resources in your neighborhood.
    • Toll free: 1-800-563-0808
    • For deaf and hearing impaired assistance (TTY): 604-875-0885
  • Transition houses and safe shelters for women with or without their babies, may also be available in your area. Visit BC Housing: Transition Houses & Safe Homes to learn more.

Building your support system

It is important to have a health care provider and people around you that you trust and can talk to about your needs. 

  • If comfortable, discuss your plans to have a baby with your family, friends and supports in your life.
  • currently experiencing depression or anxiety or have in the past, you may benefit from speaking with your doctor about your plans to get pregnant.  
  • Identify those around you who could become part of your personal support team.

 

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