Pre-pregnancy health and pregnancy planning


Good maternal and paternal health before conception is increasingly recognised as important for the health of pregnant women and future generations.

We recently completed a study of pre-pregnancy health and care in England to inform future policy and practice. We reviewed over 4000 papers and 100 guidelines, analysed data from two large cohort studies, surveyed over 1000 antenatal women and over 500 male partners, including a robust measure of pregnancy planning (the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy) and conducted 40 interviews with health professionals and women.

The findings and recommendations are under review by the Department of Health.

Further research is examining knowledge and peri-conceptional use of folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects (e.g. spina bifida) in ethnic communities in the UK.

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