Health Before Pregnancy
The time before a woman is pregnant – PRECONCEPTION/INTERCONCEPTION – is the time to focus on steps you can take before or between pregnancies to increase the chance of having a healthy baby. All women benefit from maintaining their health, whether or not they are planning to have a baby. And while no one expects an unplanned pregnancy, it happens. In fact, about half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned. Making sure that women of reproductive age are healthy before and between pregnancies increases their chances of having healthy pregnancies and remaining healthy throughout their lives.