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About Preconception Health

What is preconception health?

Preconception health refers to a woman's health before pregnancy. The goal of preconception health is to prevent or treat conditions and behaviors that could pose a risk to a woman or her baby.

Why is the time BEFORE pregnancy important?

In the United States, 85% of all women will have a baby at some point in their lives. The most important time in a baby's growth occurs before many women know they are pregnant. Making sure that women of reproductive age are healthy before and between pregnancies increases their chances of having healthy pregnancies and remaining healthy throughout their lives.

What about MEN?

While a baby's health is most strongly linked to the mother's health before pregnancy, preconception health is not only important for women. The health of a man also affects his ability to have healthy children. Learn more.

What can I do NOW?

There are specific steps men and women can take today to improve the health of future pregnancies. Learn more about making a Reproductive Life Plan and the steps that you can take to have a healthy mind, body and environment. Explore this website to learn more, choosing from the categories that apply to you at the top of the page.

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