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Understanding Preconception Health

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:

  • Diet/Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Exercise
  • Use of Folic Acid
  • Smoking
  • Use of Drugs/Medications
  • Alcohol Use
  • Medical Conditions
  • Dental Health
  • Immunizations
  • Family Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Emotional Health
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Planning Needs

Section 1008 of the Federal Title X regulations strictly prohibits the use of any appropriated funds in any program where abortion is provided as a method of birth control. No abortion services or activities are provided or paid for by DHEC.