Preconception care means providing care before pregnancy is
established. Women and couples of reproductive age are generally
unaware of the effects that their own health conditions and healthrelated
behaviors may have on the fetus during pregnancy.
Although antenatal care is set in the maternal, newborn, and child
health (MNCH) continuum , it neglects the most critical time of
embryonic development, which often occurs before a woman even
knows she is pregnant . The evidence increasingly points to
earlier care before pregnancy to improve women’s health, and
better pregnancy outcomes for the mother and newborn [3–5].