Healthy Mind & Healthy Relationships

A healthy mind and healthy relationships are important parts of a healthy life. To reduce stress and other negative feelings when you are trying to get pregnant, you should:

  • Practice mental wellness and give yourself chances to de-stress
  • Build strong relationships with your partner, family, and friends
  • Avoid smoking, drinking and using illegal drugs

Mental Health

The health of your mind is just as important as the health of your body, whether you’re trying to get pregnant or not. Mental health includes how you think, feel, and act. Feeling worried, stressed, sad, or anxious sometimes is normal. If you have these feelings all the time and they won’t go away, get help from your doctor.

If you are on medication for your mental health now, talk to your doctor about the possibility of becoming pregnant. Your medication could affect your pregnancy.

The OC Links Information and Referral Line also provides mental health services and resources. You can call (855)OC-LINKS (855-625-4657) between the hours of 8 am-6 pm to speak to someone who can help.

If you need mental health support now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.

Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships are built on respect, trust, and support. In a healthy relationship, you should be able to talk about problems, share your thoughts, be yourself, and feel safe — always.

Healthy relationships are a key to your overall health, whether or not you are trying to get pregnant. Personal support from family, friends, your partner, and others can make you feel better about yourself and improve your health.


Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence

An unhealthy or violent relationship can threaten your health and the health of your future pregnancy. If your partner tries to control you, threatens you, or hurts you in any way, these are signs of abuse.

If you think you are in an unhealthy relationship, you may feel trapped or guilty, but it’s not your fault. Please seek help now. Talk with someone at your doctor’s office or clinic.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Don’t wait.