Preparing to Have a Baby
Access supports and services to improve the health of you and your baby.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, second hand smoke, recreational drugs and substances
- Avoid using cannabis before or during pregnancy
- Take steps to quit smoking and increase your chances of getting pregnant. Smoking can affect male fertility and increase the length of time it takes a woman to conceive.
- Eat healthy and be active
- Vaccines to consider before and during pregnancy
- Manage stress
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.
Pregnancy & your relationship
Having a baby will change your relationship with your partner. 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 together to plan finances for the arrival of your new baby
Violence, abuse, sexual abuse, and trauma all affect 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. Do not 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.
- 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.
Increase pregnancy support
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 health care provider about your plans to get pregnant.
- Identify those around you who could become part of your personal support team.
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