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Optimising the health of both female and male partners before and during pregnancy can improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes.1–3 There are many aspects of health that can be addressed, including lifestyle factors (smoking cessation, increasing exercise, reducing alcohol consumption), maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI), and ensuring adequate nutrition, either through diet or supplementation,2,3 of essential micronutrients, including vitamins and minerals.
After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to:
Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6.
Sally, 31 years old, regularly visits your pharmacy. Her only medicine is sodium valproate 500 mg twice daily for generalised epilepsy. She has not had a seizure in some time, and she discloses that she and her partner are keen to start a family. She knows that her medicine is ‘bad’ for pregnancy and she asks for your advice.
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