Key Points for Providers and Clients
  • Wait until the youngest child is at least 2 years old before trying to become pregnant again. Spacing births is good for the mother's and the baby's health.
  • Make the first antenatal care visit within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and schedule at least 8 contacts during the pregnancy.
  • Plan ahead for family planning after delivery.
  • Prepare for childbirth. Have a plan for normal delivery and an emergency plan, too.
  • Breastfeed for a healthier baby.

Health care providers see many women who want to become pregnant, who are pregnant, or who have recently given birth. They also see adolescent girls who are pregnant. Providers can help women plan pregnancies, plan for contraception after delivery, prepare for childbirth, and care for their babies. Attentive care can help women see pregnancy as a positive experience.