Preconception Health and GAL
Preconception health refers to the health of women throughout their reproductive years - the years when a woman can become pregnant. Making sure that women of reproductive age are healthy is one of the best ways to ensure the success and well-being of future generations. It is also an important part of ensuring the health of women throughout their lives.
Preconception care aims to improve birth outcomes by promoting the health of a woman prior to pregnancy, whether it is her first or a subsequent pregnancy. It presents an opportunity to improve women's overall health as well as that of tomorrow's children.
Preconception care is more than a pre-pregnancy visit; it should take place in an ongoing manner over the course of a woman's lifespan, beginning in early adolescence, before she is able to become pregnant, and continuing through her reproductive years.
Preconception Health Brochure
GAL - Get a Healthy Life
Do you want to be a parent someday? Did you know that your personal behavior, physical health, emotions, and the environment will affect the health of the child you plan to have one day? The health of the mother and the father affects the health of the child. Having a healthy baby someday starts well before pregnancy. Take time today to learn about steps you can take to achieve a healthy "me." Do it for your own health and for a healthy future generation. Remember, no one can make the smart choices to take care of your health but you.
GAL is a public education program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, for women and men that focuses on health throughout life. The goal of the program is to educate young men and women about healthy choices and to encourage them to make healthy choices early in life for a better future.
Alabama Preconception Health Report Card
In 2011, Alabama women gave birth to 59,322 infants. The health of these women prior to pregnancy impacted birth outcomes. The graph below represents the percentage of live births in Alabama in 2006 and 2011 by health behaviors, experiences, and conditions among these women just prior to becoming pregnant. These data come from Alabama's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS).
PRAMS is an ongoing population-based surveillance system developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is designed to collect information on self-reported maternal behaviors and experiences that occur before, during, and shortly after pregnancy among women who deliver live-born infants. Because PRAMS data are population based, findings are generalizable to an entire state’s population of women who have delivered a live-born infant.