Conversations are easier to have than babies.

It takes over $300,000 to raise a child to age 18.

Pregnancy comes with a lifetime of changes and commitments. You should understand what these responsibilities mean and decide if you’re ready before getting pregnant.

It takes over $300,000 to raise a child to age 18.

Only 38% of women who have a child before 18 graduate from high school.

Things to consider
about pregnancy

  • Missed period.

  • Morning sickness or nausea.

  • Breast tenderness.

These symptoms are not experienced by all women and also don’t guarantee you’re pregnant.

Typical store-bought pregnancy tests detect pregnancy at 2-3 weeks, or around the time you miss your period. You can get a blood test from a health provider if you’re uncertain about the results of a pregnancy test and you still have not had your period. Visit our Clinic Finder to find one near you.

Yes. Ovulation is the only time of the month when your egg in prime position for fertilization. Ovulation usually lasts about 12–24 hours, but sperm can actually live in your body for 3-6 days after sex, making it 100% possible for sperm to be present when you ovulate. You can track your ovulation using a calendar here, here and here.

The cost of raising a child born in 2013 from birth to age 18 for a middle-income, two-parent family averaged $304,480 (not including college or any of the extras such as braces, sports uniforms, camp, vacations, etc.). You can calculate a baby’s first-year total cost with this calculator.

Consider having to place some of your own dreams on hold (i.e. finishing college, settling into a new home, or starting a new job or business) because they’re a lot more difficult to achieve when you’re supporting a child. You should discuss more possibilities with your partner, friends, family and health care provider before becoming pregnant.

It’s common to see pregnant women avoiding foods with a high risk of causing food-borne illness (i.e. raw juices and milk products, soft cheeses, uncooked deli meats and raw fish). If you’re pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, it is best to consult with a health professional for a list of foods you should avoid.

Smoking during pregnancy can increase the risks that a baby will be born at a lower-than-healthy weight at birth. Also, when you smoke or are exposed to smoke while pregnant, all the toxins from the smoke go straight into your bloodstream and placenta - your future baby’s source of nutrients and oxygen - which can cause serious health concerns as well.