New parents often mention to me that they plan on taking some time to reconnect with their partner and spend some quality time together as a couple. Having a young baby at home often gives couples little time and energy left to enjoy each other again.
In the heat of the moment, parents may not think about using a reliable form of birth control. Well…SURPRISE!! Unplanned pregnancies can and do happen.
In fact, approximately 50% of pregnancies in Canada are unplanned!
Just like it’s a good idea to plan your rendezvous, it’s a good idea to have a reproductive life plan to improve your chances of having another healthy baby.
What’s a Reproductive Life Plan?
It’s a goal you make to decide if and when the time is right to have children.
Making a reproductive life plan:
- can change depending on your own personal situation and goals in life
- helps you to keep your options open and take steps to be as healthy as possible before it happens
- outlines ways to improve your health, protect your fertility and improve your chances of having a healthy baby by looking at your physical, sexual and emotional health, as well as your own family health history
It’s important for everyone of reproductive age to share their plan with a health care professional to discuss how to manage their health regarding possible future pregnancies.
What’s your plan? Do you wish to have any more children? One child only? Maybe two or more?
If you have a reproductive life plan, comment below and let us know how you’re staying healthy!