Preconception and Pregnancy | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Preconception and Pregnancy

Preconception 

Reproductive Life Planning

You decide if and when you want to have children. About 50 percent of pregnancies are not planned. When pregnancies are planned, you have time to make sure you are healthy and prepared before you have a baby. Having a reproductive life plan can help. A reproductive life plan helps you to set goals and understand how children may fit into your goals. For example, what are your plans for school, work, and travel? How do children fit into these plans?

Reproductive life planning often includes thinking about:

  • Your general medical health
  • Your mental health and support systems
  • Your family health history
  • Your reproductive health

Create your reproductive life plan with support from your health care provider. Online tools like the My Reproductive Life Plan booklet for adults or the My Life, My Plan booklet for youth can help you get started. For more information, check out the links below.

Pregnancy

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health provides a number of programs and services that support families throughout pregnancy.

Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a great time to think about your lifestyle and to make positive, healthy choices. Making healthy changes to your lifestyle and habits during pregnancy will improve your health, the health of your baby, and will benefit you and your family in the future. For more information, call our Child & Reproductive Health Infoline at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223.

Pregnancy Testing

We provide free pregnancy testing at our Sexual Health Clinics. If you think you may be pregnant, we will provide a urine test to confirm. We will also supply information about pregnancy, options, and birth control choices.

Prenatal Education

Expectant parents and support persons are encouraged to start prenatal education as soon as possible in their pregnancy. Visit our Prenatal Education page for more information.

Food for You:Food for Two

Food for You:Food for Two is a free, weekly, drop-in program for pregnant women and teens who may require extra support during pregnancy. You will learn about healthy eating, healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, and caring for a newborn from our Dietitians and Nurses. Groceries, milk, and child care are provided, and transportation is available. Partners and/or support persons are welcome.
For more information, call our Reproductive Health Infoline at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 675.