The culture around pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period is very diverse and constantly evolving, with many different moving pieces all playing a part. 

The truth is that as many as 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, and the majority of those pregnancies, labours, and postpartum periods go just fine, but there are definitely ways that you can get your body and mind to an optimum level of health in preparation for a planned pregnancy. Doing so can increase your likelihood of getting pregnant when planned, it can make pregnancy itself easier and more enjoyable, better prepare you for the work of labour, and enable you to recover more quickly from pregnancy and birth and rebuild your stores (which you’ll need for months of breastfeeding!).