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Pregnancy planning and risk of adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes


Preconception care addresses health and lifestyle behaviours of women prior to pregnancy, and is increasingly recognised as an essential health service to achieve healthy outcomes for women and their children. While previous studies have shown that better health and lifestyle prior to pregnancy are associated with better health outcomes during and after pregnancy, there remain gaps in our knowledge on the benefits and implementation of preconception care. To better inform the design of future preconception interventions, this study aims to examine the proportion of women planning a pregnancy, their preconception health and lifestyle behaviours, and the relationships of these with subsequent pregnancy and birth outcomes.