Important Facts for Preconception Health and Health Care
DefinitionThe number of women who reported having a preconception visit with a health care provider divided by the number of women who delivered a live birth.
NumeratorThe number of women who reported having a preconception visit with a health care provider.
DenominatorThe number of women who delivered a live birth in Utah.
Why Is This Important?The CDC published 10 recommendations to improve childbearing women's health before conception that may contribute to healthier birth outcomes. One of these recommendations is to incorporate a prepregnancy checkup for women who are planning on becoming pregnant. The purpose of this checkup is to ensure that women are in optimal health for pregnancy and do not enter pregnancy with unmanaged health conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, or unhealthy behaviors like tobacco use. Studies have shown that eating a nutritious diet and being at an ideal body mass index prior to pregnancy can lead to healthier pregnancy outcomes. Research also indicates that, for optimum effect on reducing the risk for neural tube defects, women should begin taking folic acid supplements at least three months before conception., During the first weeks of pregnancy, exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can adversely affect fetal development and result in pregnancy complications and poor outcomes for both the mother and infant. Research also indicates that improved control of hyperglycemia prior to pregnancy reduces perinatal mortality and congenital malformation rates in women with diabetes. These risks can be reviewed and addressed in a preconception visit with a health care provider to reduce possible impact during pregnancy.
Healthy People Objective MICH-16.1:(Developmental) Increase the proportion of women delivering a live birth who discussed preconception health with a health care worker prior to pregnancy
U.S. Target: Developmental