Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Preconception Care Crucial To Improving Maternal And Infant Health

Date:
September 21, 2006
Source:
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Summary:
The preconception period -- the time before a woman becomes pregnant -- is crucial to reducing many of the risks of birth defects and premature birth. Every visit to the doctor for women of childbearing age should be considered an opportunity to discuss reproductive health. Continued improvements in the infant and maternal mortality rates will depend on interventions before a woman becomes pregnant. Early prenatal care may be too late to make a difference in some cases.

Continued improvements in the infant and maternal mortality rates will depend on interventions before a woman becomes pregnant, according to officials from the March of Dimes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts.

Related Articles


Since nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended, the preconception period -- the time before a woman becomes pregnant -- is crucial to reducing many of the risks of birth defects and premature birth. Every visit to the doctor for women of childbearing age should be considered an opportunity to discuss reproductive health, the experts wrote.

Nearly 85 percent of women receive early prenatal care, which has contributed to the improvements in maternal and infant health. But, continued progress in reducing the infant and maternal mortality rates and preventing premature birth and low birth weight babies has slowed in recent years; the focus must now shift to the preconception period.

"We can't wait for new medical breakthroughs. We must take what we know and use it now," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes, one of the co-authors. "Even early prenatal care may be too late to make a difference in some cases. Some interventions work best -- and others only work -- if they begin before pregnancy."

"Preconception Care for Improving Perinatal Outcomes: The Time to Act," was published online as part of a supplement of the Maternal and Child Health Journal. It contains nearly three dozen research articles on preconception care outlining areas where women and doctors can focus to improve the chance of having a health baby.

Included in the supplement are ten recommendations designed to make preconception health care part of routine medical visits so that risk factors can be identified before pregnancy, assisting doctors in offering women additional services to reduce the risk of premature birth and birth defects.

The Journal's supplement includes articles about the use of medication during pregnancy, information about physician beliefs and opinions about preconception care and their practices, genetic risks, the use of multivitamins (including folic acid) to prevent birth defects, as well as the impact obesity, depression, and chronic diseases have on pregnancy. Nearly a third of the articles were co-authored by March of Dimes experts.

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org for Spanish.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. "Preconception Care Crucial To Improving Maternal And Infant Health." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 September 2006. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/09/060919101958.htm>.
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. (2006, September 21). Preconception Care Crucial To Improving Maternal And Infant Health. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/09/060919101958.htm
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. "Preconception Care Crucial To Improving Maternal And Infant Health." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/09/060919101958.htm (accessed December 22, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, December 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Christmas Kissing Good for Health

Christmas Kissing Good for Health

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 22, 2014) Scientists in Amsterdam say couples transfer tens of millions of microbes when they kiss, encouraging healthy exposure to bacteria. Suzannah Butcher reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Brain-Dwelling Tapeworm Reveals Genetic Secrets

Brain-Dwelling Tapeworm Reveals Genetic Secrets

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 22, 2014) Cambridge scientists have unravelled the genetic code of a rare tapeworm that lived inside a patient's brain for at least four year. Researchers hope it will present new opportunities to diagnose and treat this invasive parasite. Matthew Stock reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Touch-Free Smart Phone Empowers Mobility-Impaired

Touch-Free Smart Phone Empowers Mobility-Impaired

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 21, 2014) A touch-free phone developed in Israel enables the mobility-impaired to operate smart phones with just a movement of the head. Suzannah Butcher reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Earthworms Provide Cancer-Fighting Bacteria

Earthworms Provide Cancer-Fighting Bacteria

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 21, 2014) Polish scientists isolate bacteria from earthworm intestines which they say may be used in antibiotics and cancer treatments. Suzannah Butcher reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins