Preconception

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about preconception.

What is preconception, and why is that time important?

Preconception is the time in a woman’s life when she is not actively trying to prevent pregnancy. It’s important because it means a woman should take the steps toward living a healthy lifestyle before becoming pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

Most of the time, when a woman becomes pregnant, she doesn’t know until she misses her next period, according to the CDC. So, choosing healthy lifestyle choices long before finding out she’s pregnant is the best for the baby’s growth and development.

Talk to your doctor for more information about preconception.

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Source: Gregory Siewny, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Katherine Abtahi, DO, Miami Valley Womens Health