Engaging in pre-conceptual care: An integrative review
British Journal of Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Background/Aims: Pre-conception care seeks to optimise maternal health prior to pregnancy. Women who adopt healthy behaviours and engage in pre-conception care are more likely to have a positive pregnancy outcome and recovery period. The study's aim was to explore the factors that motivate women to engage in preconceptual care in preparing for pregnancy. Methods: This integrative literature review was conducted in accordance with Joanna Briggs Institute protocol for conducting systematic reviews. Literature was sourced from Medline, CINAHL, PubMed, ScienceDirect and Google Scholar. Results: This review reports on four key findings: the internet and social media, women's awareness of pre-conceptual care, social support networks and women's own attitudes towards pregnancy. Conclusions: Women's awareness of pre-conceptual care does not always motivate women to adopt healthy behaviours in preparation for pregnancy. Further research is warranted to explore strategies that focus on raising women's awareness of pre-conceptual care in preparation for pregnancy.
De Leo, A., Neesham, B., Bepete, N., Mukaro, A., Nepal, B. T., N'geno, C., & Muhandiramalag, T. A. (2022). Engaging in pre-conceptual care: an integrative review. British Journal of Midwifery, 30(11), 644-651. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2022.30.11.644