A healthy pregnancy is closely related to a woman’s health before conception occurs. Research has shown that optimising health in the preconception period can improve both short-term and long-term health outcomes for mothers and babies, such as enhanced fetal and infant growth, improved birth outcomes and lowered incidences of cardiovascular, autoimmune and metabolic disease in children.
The preconception period is an important time to improve your lifestyle and dietary choices, correct nutritional deficiencies, support hormonal balance and enhance your reproductive health.
Your reproductive health is related to the dietary and lifestyle choices you made more than three months earlier. Therefore, preconception care would ideally commence more than three months before conception and address the health of both parents (i.e. enhance both egg and sperm health).