Thinking about pregnancy?

It’s never too early to plan!

It’s never too early to plan!A baby can change your life. But are you ready? Making decisions about pregnancy can be challenging. Whether you are alone or with a partner, having a baby is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make.

Did you know that you can prepare for a healthy baby before you get pregnant?
Babies start developing before most women even know they are pregnant. We used to think that saving some money, exercising and healthy eating were all we needed to do to get ready to start a family. These choices do make a big difference – but there are more things that men and women can do to improve the health of their future children.

Our resources in English

 

Preconception Health

My Reproductive Life Plan
My Reproductive Life Plan – Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2016
 

This booklet is for adults who want to have children someday, but not right now.  It helps individuals understand how to protect their ability to have children, think about when to have children and how to have the healthiest baby possible when they are ready. Topics include writing a reproductive life plan, physical health, sexual health, mental health, family health history, and next steps. Also included are websites and organizations to support next steps.

  

Also available as a fillable PDF.

My Life My Plan – Booklet

My Life My Plan – Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre 2014

This booklet for teens will guide them through six topic areas, providing them with facts and referrals, and the opportunity to respond to a series of questions that will help them to make healthy decisions, set goals and plan for their future. Topics include: physical health, mental health, reproductive health, relationships, family health history and their future.

Also available as a fillable PDF.

Waiting for Baby - Pregnancy after age 35 booklet

Waiting for Baby: Pregnancy After Age 35 - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre in collaboration with Halton Region Health Department, revised 2013

This booklet is designed for women aged 35 or older who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Men’s Information - How to Build a Healthy Baby

Men’s Information : How to Build a Healthy Baby - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2012

This brochure contains information specific to men and reproductive health. It includes information to increase a man’s chances of having a healthy baby, a checklist, a readiness questionnaire and references for further information.

Is there a Baby in Your Future - Plan for it. Health Before Pregnancy Workbook

Is there a Baby in Your Future - Plan for it. Health Before Pregnancy Workbook
Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This workbook for young adults and couples raises issues that can affect men and women and the health of their future children and provides answers to commonly asked questions people think about as they consider parenting. The workbook offers checklists and activities to do.

Available also in HTML and PDF on the Health Before Pregnancy website.

Alcohol and drugs

Be Safe - Have an Alcohol Free Pregnancy - Handout

Be Safe - Have an Alcohol Free Pregnancy - Handout
Best Start Resource Centre with support from the LCBO, 2012 

This handout provides information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy. 

Also available in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified)CreeHindiOjibwayPunjabiSpanishTagalogTamil and Urdu

 
Mocktails for Mom - Booklet
Mocktails for Mom - Booklet 
Best Start Resource Centre with support from the LCBO, 2011
 
This booklet has recipes for pregnant women for delicious non-alcoholic drinks, also called Mocktails.
Be Safe - Have an Alcohol Free Pregnancy - Brochure
Have an Alcohol Free Pregnancy - Brochure 
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, revised 2009
 
This colour brochure provides information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy.

Mental Health

Pregnancy Is Not Always What You Expect - Booklet

Pregnancy Is Not Always What You Expect - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2013

Pregnancy is a time when some women are at greater risk of becoming depressed and/or anxious. This booklet talks about strategies to help women:

  • Take care of their mental health before and during pregnancy.
  • Understand the risk factors that can lead to depression or anxiety during pregnancy.
  • Know if they are depressed or anxious during pregnancy.
  • Get help and treatment.

Nutrition

Folic Acid - Bilingual poster – French one side, English on the other side
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This poster shares key messages about taking a multivitamin with folic acid prior to conception, and eating foods rich in folate.

Tobaco misuse

Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video
Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010
 
This 24 minute video is on the social impact of second-hand smoke on young families. It contains testimonies of situations related to second-hand smoke experienced by families. Many strategies to reduce the exposure of young children and pregnant women to second-hand smoke are provided. 
 
Available online on YouTube or Vimeo
 
Information on Second and Third-Hand Smoke - Handout
Information on Second and Third-Hand Smoke - Handout
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010
 
This handout is intended to be distributed to the participants when the video "Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children" is shown. It contains information on second and third-hand smoke, a summary of the strategies offered in the video and sources of supplementary information.
Smoke-Free Home - Image
Smoke-Free Home - Image
Best Start Resource Centre, 2011
 
Originally created as a stcker, this image can be applied on a door or window, indicating that the environment is smoke-free.
Size: 7.6cm X 7.6cm or 3" X 3" 
Also available in JPG format.

Workplace

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix! - Handout

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix! - Printer-Friendly Handout
Best Start Resource Centre, 2008

This handout is for working women who are or may become pregnant. It provides information on workplace risks, ways to reduce risks and sources of additional information.

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix... - Booklet

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix... - Booklet 
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2011

This booklet is for working women who are or may become pregnant. It provides information on workplace risks, ways to reduce risks and sources of additional information.

Available also in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified)HindiPunjabiSpanishTagalogTamil and Urdu 

Links and other resources

Take a look also at our links and other resources in French, our Indigenous resources, and our resources for Newcomers...