And it's also a good idea to have some other ducks in a row before bringing a baby into the world: finances, relationships, education, stress management, etc.
Therefore, I believe that preconception is a pivotal time for a woman to take charge of her life and make good choices that will not only affect her own health and happiness, but that of the next generation of her family and beyond.
It's as simple (and powerful) as that.
With all due respect to women who did not plan for pregnancy, this is what I've chosen to focus on as a means to influence the well-being of my community. Was I in perfect physical shape with all my ducks in a row prior to conception? Heavens no! It's not about perfection. Or about being 100% ready to start or grow a family.
It's about recognizing the chance to better ourselves when opportunity comes knocking. I used the months, years even, before I conceived to prepare myself physically and emotionally for pregnancy because that's what I felt compelled to do. As a result, my pregnancy was hands down the most exciting period of my life (so far). I had a spark inside that lit up every aspect of my life. Now that spark is free and continues to grow and light up my life every day. And I start to think about preparing for my next pregnancy. With the emphasis on preparing.