We have prepared special categories of resources that correspond to the key components of preconception health.
Healthy eating and active living are essential to maintaining a healthy body. Eating well can help you feel better both physically and mentally and give you the nourishment you need to boost your energy throughout the day. A healthy lifestyle with well-balanced meals and physical activity each day can also help prevent or manage many common chronic conditions. Small improvements every day can make a lasting impact for you and generations to come!
Having a healthy mind is key to your overall health and well-being. A healthy mind includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being and affects how you think, feel and act. It works in unity with your body and influences how you handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. What you let into your mind affects your body in the same way that what you put into your body effects your mind. Balancing both healthy body and mind is essential for optimal health, both in the present and future.
1-833-9-HELP4MOMS is the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline and offers a 24/7, free, confidential hotline for pregnant and new moms in English and Spanish.
Where you live, learn, work, and play all contribute to your overall health. You can’t always choose what’s in your environment, but taking small steps to make your environment safer and limiting your exposure to potentially harmful substances can help keep you healthier. Access to safe drinking water, safe parks and pathways for walking or biking, open green spaces, healthy vending, healthy corner stores and farmer’s markets are just a few of the surroundings that impact your day-to-day health. Learning ways to advocate for yourself and your community to help establish and maintain good health and the health of those around you is key to a thriving healthy and resilient community. Environmental exposures have differential effects based on a persons gender and age. Learn more using the resources below.
Being prepared for what life has for you is all about the way you plan for your future. You have control over many aspects of your life. Living a healthy, active lifestyle and planning for life changes is all within your control. It is important to be proactive when it comes to planning your future and asking yourself, what you want your life to look like. Defining goals allows you to maintain self-respect and dignity, to help you become responsible for your own care. Although you cannot control everything that happens in your life, you can take steps to plan for major life events like deciding whether you want to start a family someday. Being prepared and planning ahead helps with healthy responses to life changing events like starting a family.
There are many kinds of relationships. You may have relationships with many people: friends, family, boyfriends/girlfriends, partners, or a spouse. In a healthy relationship, both people respect, trust and support each other. Having healthy relationships is an important part of your overall health. Having someone supportive to talk to, makes you feel better about yourself and can improve your health. An unhealthy relationship is harmful to your health, and an abusive partner may prevent you from getting the medical care you need to stay healthy. In addition, if you or your partner get pregnant, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse can be harmful to you and the baby.
Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing, and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans. Entering the health care system, accessing a location where care is provided, and finding a health care provider who you trust and can communicate with are essential to your health and well-being.