Why Preconception Care is Important
What is Preconception Care?
Preconception Care (PC) is essentially the health care of the female and male before conception, PC enables a couple to get their personal health at its best to ensure they are able to conceive, but also ensures the best health start for their baby. PC ensures that the female has the correct nutrients to support a healthy pregnancy and baby, most women don’t find out they are pregnant until they are halfway through the first trimester of pregnancy and it can be often too late to prevent poor outcomes.
Why Preconception Care is Important?
Preconception Care is the ultimate form of preventative medicine. Scientific research shows that an infants’ health is linked to the health of the parents who created them. Preconception care occurs prior to conception and focuses on improving the health of the mother and father; this can be achieved by increasing the couples’ health status by a number of ways, these include improving the diet, improving nutrient status, reducing stress levels, reducing social poisons (cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine and drugs), reducing and eliminating chemical/heavy metal/electromagnetic exposure, addressing any current health issues, correcting hormone imbalances and improving ovulation awareness.
Preconception care can be employed by couples who would like to improve their health before attempting conception; it can also be employed by couples who have been attempting conception unsuccessfully. It is important to note that preconception care needs to be implemented for a minimum of 4 months as this is the time that it takes for the development of the sperm (72-76 days) and ova (100 days) to be produced. It also depends on the health of the parents at the time as implementation may need to be adhered to for a longer period of time.