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Role of Preconception Health Risk Factors on Maternal and Perinatal Health Outcomes among Adolescents and Young Adults in Australia


Pre-pregnancy health conditions and risk factors can have a negative impact on both mother s and child’s health. While there has been recent focus on the preconception health of women in general, but there has been limited information available concerning the preconception health of adolescents, who are disproportionally at higher risk of maternal and perinatal health outcomes. Risk factors like low socioeconomic status, malnutrition, non-communicable diseases, consumption of tobacco/drugs, etc. are crucial for pregnancy and may lead to adverse maternal, perinatal, and child health. If these risk factors are catered to at an appropriate age can help reduce the risk of adverse health outcomes. Therefore, we aim to study the impact of preconception risk factors on maternal and perinatal health outcomes among Australian adolescents and young adults (aged 18 to 24 years).