North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services introduced an updated Preconception Health Strategic Plan Supplement this week.
The plan was initially introduced in 2008 to provide awareness about a new approach to reducing infant mortality by improving the health of women before, during, and after pregnancy.
Preconception health helps women think about how their behaviors, lifestyles, and medical conditions affect their ability to live healthy lives and have healthy children.
The biomedical, behavioral, and social risks that can be addressed in preconception health highlighted in the plan are: pregnancy intendedness, obesity and related conditions, substance abuse, mental health, collaborative research on preconception-focused topics, and policy development and access to care.
Access the plan here for more.