What is 'pre-conception care' and isn''t it just some people who need it?

Preconception care involves using all the information available prior to conception for women and their partners to adapt their lifestyle, if necessary making changes (for example alcohol, smoking, work patterns) in an effort to increase the likelihood of having a normal pregnancy and healthy baby. Even if completely healthy, anyone contemplating a pregnancy (even many months ahead) should seek information on the variety of ways in which their health status may be increased to improve their chances of having a healthy baby (for example, by taking folic acid tablets). Women with medical conditions including diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, thyroid problems or those having had complications in previous pregnancies may need to see a specialist as well as their own doctor. Being well prepared is the essence of pre-pregnancy and pregnancy care.
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