Preconception health refers to the health of all individuals during their reproductive years, regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. It is an approach that promotes healthy fertility and focuses on actions that individuals can take to reduce risks, promote healthy lifestyles, and increase readiness for pregnancy, whether or not they plan to have children one day.

Counselling patients on preconception health can:

  • prevent preterm births
  • improve birth weight
  • prevent congenital anomalies, including neural tube defects
  • reduce infant mortality
  • reduce maternal mortality