The main aim of this thesis is to investigate the benefits, barriers and effectiveness of the Smarter Pregnancy mHealth program regarding the adoption of healthy periconception nutrition and lifestyle and its impact on early reproductive and pregnancy outcome. The ultimate goal of this thesis is that the new knowledge as described will further substantiate the awareness of patients and health care professionals regarding the importance of healthy periconception nutrition and lifestyle. Moreover, the opportunities provided by evidence-based personalized mHealth programs to empower target groups will probably stimulate the accessibility and implementation of periconception care. Because periconception care is a form of preventive medicine in the earliest phase of life, it should be considered as the best investment in health of current and future generations.

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R.P.M. Steegers-Theunissen (RĂ©gine) , M.P.H. Koster (Maria)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Department of Medical Oncology

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