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Healthy Today, For Your Plans Tomorrow

Calling all girls and women 14 - 45 years old! What do you want from your life? Perhaps you would like to finish school, become an artist or be a good mother with healthy children.

We all want different things out of life. But one thing we have in common is that when we are healthy, we are more likely to accomplish our dreams and goals, and empower ourselves to live our best lives. When we are healthy, we are more likely to finish school and excel at work. When we are healthy, we are more likely to have healthier babies; whether we plan on getting pregnant tomorrow or ten years down the road. You have one live to live and one body to live it in. Get healthy today for your plans tomorrow.

Preconception health - health before and in between pregnancies

A woman's health before and in between pregnancies is referred to as preconception health. Many women wait to find out they are pregnant before they change health behaviors for their babies. Before getting pregnant is the best time to start treating your body like it is pregnant - this means:

  • Taking folic acid, 
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and 
  • Lowering stress. 

This also means not drinking alcohol, smoking or doing drugs.

Why should I change my behavior if I won't know I'm pregnant until I miss my period and take a pregnancy test?

We encourage all women having sex without using birth control (contraception) to treat their body as if it has a baby inside, because having sex without birth control means you are very likely to become pregnant soon.

As more and more women start planning pregnancies and getting healthy today for their babies tomorrow, this will also improve the health of families for generations. Preconception health is not only important for a woman's own wellness, but also for the health of her future children, both at birth and throughout their lives.

But I don't want children, so this doesn't apply to me

If you are using an effective birth control method, it is unlikely you will become pregnant. If you are not preventing pregnancy and are having sex, it is likely you will become pregnant and we recommend using an effective form of birth control.

Preconception health can also help you achieve other life goals besides having a baby. For example:

  • Being at a healthy weight will help keep you in physical shape for your career dreams
  • Lowering stress will help keep you in a good mood
  • Taking folic acid will give you beautiful hair, nails and skin

Show Your Love Training Materials

The following slides and life plans are used to facilitate the Show Your Love intervention. Please contact Rachel Stevens if you are interested in becoming a facilitator and would like to see a copy of our facilitation guide that accompanies the presentation materials included below. Additionally, please read more about our Training of Facilitators workshop.

Related Resources

Show Your Love. Your Baby will thank you for it. www.cdc.gov/showyourlove

Perinatal Periods of Risk: Understanding the Causes of Infant and Fetal Deaths in Denver

The death of an infant or loss of a developing baby is always devastating. Across the United States, black women are significantly more likely than whites to experience the loss of a baby within the first year of life. This is also true in Denver where the ratio of black infant deaths to white infant deaths is two to one.

Denver Public Health is diligently working with community partners to eliminate this disparity, first by better understanding why this difference occurs. The Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) Analysis is a specific technique used to investigate factors associated with both infant deaths (after a live birth) and fetal losses (miscarriages). For more information about our research, read the full perinatal periods of risk analysis, which includes the next steps in how we plan to engage community members in our work.