Lifestyle advice for prospective parents

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007, THE HAGUE – Couples who plan to become pregnant should be given advice on their lifestyle. The Health Council has said this in a report to Public Health Minister Ab Klink.

20 September 2007

THE HAGUE – Couples who plan to become pregnant should be given advice on their lifestyle. The Health Council has said this in a report to Public Health Minister Ab Klink.

The couples should be given advice on diet, alcohol, (hereditary) illnesses, medication and work circumstances, for example.

"It would be a good idea if preconception care were offered to all prospective parents," said vice president of the council Marianne de Visser.

The council wants Klink to set up "a centrally coordinated programme" for this purpose. The Health Council did not make any recommendations about which agency should be in charge.

Pregnant women are already given advice on their lifestyle at the moment.

The Health Council however says it is better for the health of both mother and child if future parents follow this advice even before conception.

European research indicates that the Netherlands has a relatively high mortality rate for babies immediately before and after birth. Labour PvdA MP Khadija Arib has therefore welcomed the report from the Health Council.

In the Netherlands women of immigrant background in particular tend to seek obstetric care relatively late in their pregnancy, she says.

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