Preconception care: a good beginning.
This report summarises the current level of knowledge concerning the various components of preconception health care. This summary was produced in collaboration with the Dutch Cochrane Centre, using an evidence-based approach. Given the broad nature of the topic in question, this advisory report has been reviewed by several standing committees
of the Health Council.
On the basis of the scientific insights obtained, the Committee concludes that the provision of preconception advice on diet, lifestyle, diseases, use of medication, working conditions, and genetic factors can be seen as an intrinsic part of effective care. Accordingly, it would be appropriate to offer preconception health care to all prospective parents. The Committee
feels that it would make sense to develop a general programme to this end.