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If I were to ask you: where do you see yourself in 5, 10, or 20 years, what do you think about?

Many of us think about our goals for education, work, housing, marriage, vacation, and retirement and begin to make plans.  More often than not, we don’t make a plan to have children.  Many of us assume that having children “just happens." Without planning, half of women in California who have a baby each year did not intend to become pregnant and felt less prepared for pregnancy than they’d hoped.  This happens for women of all ages, married and unmarried, first time mothers and those with older children.  Becoming pregnant when you’re unprepared can impact your health and life goals for you and your family.It is never too early or too late to start to include plans to have a baby in your life plan. 

To get started, think about what you want.  Some questions to consider:

Do you ever want to have children? If so, when and how many?

Think also about what you want to do before you have children:

Travel with friends? Finish school? Get a certain job? Pay off your credit cards?  Save money?  Find a committed partner? Buy a house?  Move closer to your extended family?

Based on your answers, we have information below about topics that are important for you right now.

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There are many great decisions in life that just aren’t for you. Having a baby is one of those choices for you. There are still things to think about, like how to make sure nothing interferes with your choice and the exciting life you’ve planned.
Congratulations! Having a baby is an experience that transforms your life. While you may be a bit busy right now, it is important to think about your health so you can take good care of your baby.
What an exciting decision! Planning to have a baby is often focused on the baby, but your health is the most important factor in that. There are some things you need to do now so you’re well prepared when the time comes.
A great gift is best appreciated when it is given at the right time. For you, now is not the right time to have a baby, but that time will come. Even though a baby is not in your immediate plans, there are still things you need to do for yourself now.
You looked around and decided that your family photo has just the right number of smiling faces. Now it is time to think about how to make sure you’re healthy to enjoy the family you’ve built for years to come.
Deciding if you want children is a big decision and a personal one. It also isn’t the easiest decision to make. We have some information to help you take time to weigh your options and think about what’s best for you as you make this big decision.
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