Your Reproductive Life Plan

Your Reproductive Life Plan

 

Think about your life goals and how having children fits in with your goals. This can help you and your partner to be ready to have a baby or to prevent pregnancy. Think about the questions below.

Questions to think about

If you do want children, these are questions to think about to start your plan:

  • How old do I want to be when I have children?
  • How many children do I want to have?
  • How am I going to prevent pregnancy until I am ready to have children?
  • What do I need to do to be as healthy as I can be to get ready to have a child?
  • Do I have any medical problems that I need to talk to my health care provider about before I consider getting pregnant?

If you do not want children, these are questions to think about to start your plan:

  • How am I going to prevent pregnancy?
  • What will I do if I become pregnant by accident?
  • What do I need to do or change to help me be as healthy as I can be?
  • Is it possible that I may change my mind and want to have a child some day?

Make your plan

Some people find it helpful to write their plan down in a notebook or journal. Start with your goals for the next 12 months for things like school, career, family, and other important things in your life. Then think about how having children fits in with your plans. What steps do you need to take to get to each of your goals? Include steps that have to do with using birth control, getting ready for pregnancy, or getting healthier, depending on what your personal goals are. Try to include as many details as possible. If you have a partner, talk to them about what steps they can take to help you meet your goals.

Take action

Once you have a plan, take action by following through on each step and get the help you need to be successful. Review your plan each year. Things may change and you may want to adjust to meet your new goals. Talk with your health care provider about your plan and your life goals.

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This handout is for informational purposes only. Talk to your doctor or health care team if you have any questions about your care. For more health information, call the Library for Health Information at 614-293-3707 or email: health-info@osu.edu.