Preconception health is the health of a woman before she becomes pregnant. It focuses on taking actions now to help protect the health of a baby and the mother in the future. This is important for every woman to consider whether or not she is planning a pregnancy because about half of all pregnancies are not planned. Preconception health services should include risk assessment or screening, interventions including education and/or counseling, and appropriate referrals.
The following may be addressed at health care visits: