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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Kourtney Kardashian Planning for a Third Baby?

By November 8, 2012

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Thinking about Pregnancy

Kourtney Kardashian is supposedly planning for a third baby, maybe? I read that article's headline and thought to myself, "So what, shouldn't she be planning it?"

Given the recent data from the CDC that shows that still about half of pregnancies are unplanned, planning sounds beneficial. Planning a pregnancy also gives you a chance to check in on your health, to make the necessary adjustments to your lifestyle and health that may need addressing. This is considered the optimal way to have a healthy baby - by planning ahead.

The problem that I find as a health educator is that most women don't understand truly who should be planning for a pregnancy. I like to keep the definition really simple. Here are the two questions I ask women to decide if they need to have some thoughts in place around planning ahead for a baby:

  • Do you have a uterus?
  • Are you having sex?

If you meet these simple criteria, from the standpoint of focusing on mom-to-be's health, you should consider yourself to be in planning mode, even if you aren't trying to get pregnant. What this means is to think about when you do want to have babies, if you do and what you will do to prevent pregnancy if you don't want a baby.

At the very least this includes an appropriate multi-vitamin (focusing on folic acid) and having an appropriate method of birth control until you're ready to actively prepare or try for a baby. (Though remember, every birth control method has some failures, even when you do everything right. That's part of planning to have a baby simply because you're sexually active.) The CDC calls this your reproductive life plan.

What phase are you planning for actively right now?

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