Show Your Love is part of a national campaign developed by the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHCI), and we’re proud to be part of this important effort. We understand the importance of helping women prepare for healthy pregnancies and babies by adopting healthy habits well before becoming pregnant. By adopting healthy habits, women are showing their love to their future babies and also to themselves.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preconception health is the health of women and men during their reproductive years. As part of their preconception health, women can take steps now to protect their health and the health of the family they may want to have sometime in the future.
We want every woman to know that taking a few steps toward becoming healthier before pregnancy, such as working with her doctor to control and treat medical conditions, the importance of getting enough folic acid every day, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol if trying to get pregnant, can bring a lifetime of benefits to her and her future babies. And for those women who may not want to start a family, we still want them to be healthy and take care of themselves —so they can achieve their goals and dreams.
Use these helpful checklists to set goals and make health plans. You can also share these checklists with your doctor or health care provider:
Show Your Love – Steps to a Healthier You and Baby-to-Be
Show Your Love – Steps to a Healthier You
Send out personalized e-cards to the women in your life who may be thinking about having a baby, women who aren’t planning a pregnancy in the future and also to women who already have a family.
Show Your Love: Baby
Show Your Love: Self
Show Your Love: Family
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention