Preconception health

East MidlandsReproductive Health and Childbirth
Published Date: 1 Nov 2011

Preconception health


Women of reproductive age and their partners


• Preconception health care involves health promotion to reduce risk factors that might affect future pregnancies and family health.

• This tends to be done opportunistically in general practice by GPs and other health care professionals.

• ‘Single risk’ interventions (e.g. using folic acid) are effective but evidence on pragmatic interventions that identify and target individuals’ often multiple risks is needed.