ABSTRACT

Although the 1,000-day period between conception and a child’s second birthday is paramount in building a strong foundation for the child’s life, the significance of the preconception period must not be ignored. A woman’s weight, dietary habits, and nutrient stores practiced prior to and during early conception can influence pregnancy outcomes by altering both maternal and/or fetal metabolism during preconception, conception, implantation, placentation, and embryo- or organogenesis [1].