Preconception care

Preconception care is a care that aims to maximize the gains for maternal and child health. It is the provision of biomedical, behavioral and social health interventions.

What is it?

Preconception care is a care that aims to maximize the gains for maternal and child health. It is the provision of biomedical, behavioral and social health interventions.

      Purpose of preconception care

      • Establish lifestyle behaviors to maintain optimum health
      • Identify and treat risks
      • Conceive a pregnancy without necessary risk factors
      • Prepare people psychologically for pregnancy and the responsibilities of parenthood

        The components of preconception care

        • Screening for common medical illnesses during pregnancy
        • Supplementing Iron and Folic acid
        • Information, counseling and education
        • Monitoring nutritional status
        • Managing identified health problems
        • Promoting physical activity
        • Advising on cessation of smoking and alcohol intake¬†
        • Vaccination¬†
        • Continue a regular follow up at a nearby health care service provider
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