Understanding Preconception Health
Preconception health is a set of interventions that aim to identify and modify biomedical, behavioral, and social risks to a woman’s health or pregnancy outcome through prevention and management. Certain steps should be taken before conception, or early in pregnancy, to have a maximal effect on health outcomes for the mother and baby. Preconception health should include the full scope of preventive and primary health care services for women before a first pregnancy or between pregnancies. These services should include risk assessment or screening, interventions including education and/or counseling, and appropriate referrals.
The following should be addressed at health care visits:
Visit the March of Dimes website at www.modimes.com for more information regarding preconception health.