I'd like to have a baby pretty soon

 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.  Before you become pregnant you want to be sure that your mind, body, and environment give you the best chance at having a healthy pregnancy. Some things to think about are taking a daily folic acid supplement, eating nutritious meals, getting regular exercise, avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, getting plenty of sleep, avoiding toxins and certain medications, achieving a healthy weight, managing any chronic diseases such as diabetes or depression, and being sure that your relationships are able to withstand the added stress that pregnancy and childrearing will involve.  If that sounds like a lot, it is!  But just know that doing many things at once is good preparation for that beautiful bundle of joy you'll be chasing around the playground in a few years! The video and resources below that will help you in the first of many attempts to "multi-task".

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Taking good care of your physical health can help you to look and feel your best. Here are a few tips to keep your body healthy and strong and keep you feeling good. If you get pregnant, staying healthy now will help you to have a healthy pregnancy later, whenever that might be.
Your health is affected by the environment in which you live. Follow these guidelines to avoid exposure to toxins, hazards and conditions that could affect your health.
Your emotional and mental health have a big impact on your physical health. Here are a few ways to reduce your stress, stay balanced and improve your overall health.
Almost half of pregnancies in California are unplanned. Make a plan so that you can pursue your goals and dreams and have a baby if or when you are ready.
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