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Indian Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine

Volume  9, Issue 2, July-December 2022, Pages 57-60


Review Article

Preconception Counselling: Revisited
Alka B Patil1 ,Hetashvi C Sudani2
1 Professor and HOD, 2 Junior Resident
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Preconception counselling is a promising new approach to improve the health of future children through primary intervention. Preconception counselling is defined as identifying factors (social, familial, obstetric, medical or lifestyle) which affect pregnancy. Male preconception care is also vital. Preconception care is a set of interventions that aim to identify and modify biomedical, behavioural and social risks to a women’s health or pregnancy outcome through prevention and management. There are certain windows of opportunity which should be seized. Preconception counselling targeted at the mother, father and family can reduce infant mortality and morbidity. The couple should be encouraged to prepare themselves to achieve optimum health prior to planning a pregnancy.

Corresponding Author : Hetashvi C. Sudani, 2 Junior Resident, Department of Obstetrician and Gynecology, Annasaheb Chudaman Patil Memorial Medical College, Dhule, Maharashtra 424002,

Preconception care; Window of opportunity; Interventions, Risk factors.