If you are trying to have a baby or are just thinking about it, it is not too early to prepare for a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby. You should speak with your healthcare provider about preconception care.
Preconception care is care you receive before you get pregnant. It involves finding and taking care of any problems that might affect you and your baby later, like diabetes or high blood pressure. It also involves steps you can take to reduce the risk of birth defects and other problems. For example, you should take folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects.
By taking action on health issues before pregnancy, you can prevent many future problems for yourself and your baby. Once you're pregnant, you'll get prenatal care until your baby is born.
National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- Planning for Pregnancy (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Available in Spanish
- Planning your pregnancy (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)
- Preconception Care and Prenatal Care (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Available in Spanish
- Preconception Health (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- What Can a Woman Do to Promote a Healthy Pregnancy Before She Gets Pregnant? (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Available in Spanish
Prevention and Risk Factors
- Your Checkup Before Pregnancy (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)
- Before You're Pregnant - Methylmercury (Food and Drug Administration) Available in Spanish
- Facts about Folic Acid (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Available in Spanish
- Getting Fit Before Pregnancy (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)
- My Reproductive Life Plan (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Vitamins and Other Nutrients during Pregnancy (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)
- Women of Size and Pregnancy (American College of Nurse-Midwives) - PDF
Health Check Tools
- Ovulation and Due Date Calculator (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
Statistics and Research
- Pregnancy and Healthy Weight (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Second Nordic Congress on Obesity in Gynecology and Obstetrics (NOCOGO).
- Article: Periconceptional multiple-micronutrient supplementation and placental function in rural Gambian women:...
- Article: Why do women invest in pre-pregnancy health and care? A...
- Preconception Care -- see more articles
- Fallopian Tubes: Is Pregnancy Possible with Only One? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)