WEBTREATS: Preconception Care

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.  Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.

General Resources:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The College offers several resources on preconception care for health care professionals and women, including a Committee Opinion, several pamphlets, and WEBTREATS.

Annual Women’s Health Care
This page links to current College primary care assessment guidelines in women’s health, including preconception counseling.

Immunization for Women
This website provides patients and their health care providers with a central, trusted, current source for information on immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases.

WEBTREATS are quick guides to high-quality ob/gyn Internet resources that have been vetted and compiled by College librarians.  Several WEBTREATS are relevant to preconception care, including those on pregnancy, high-risk pregnancy, diet, exercise, family planning, genetics, smoking, vaccines, and teratology.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
The mission of the NCBDDD is to promote the health of babies, children and adults and enhance the potential for full, productive living.  The NCBDDD website offers many resources on birth defects prevention and preconception care of interest to health care providers and the general public, including some of the sites mentioned here.

Preconception Health and Health Care

Commit to Healthy Choices to Help Prevent Birth Defects

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
Core State Preconception Health Indicators: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2009
 (MMWR 63(SS3): April 25, 2014)

Every Woman California
Every Woman California is an initiative working with individuals, health care providers and communities to improve the physical, emotional and social well-being of women during the years in which they can become pregnant, to ensure the health of current and future generations.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Food
The specific CFSAN page links to information on preconception and prenatal diets and food safety.

Before You’re Pregnant

Food Safety for Moms-to-Be

healthfinder® Pregnancy
This healthfinder® page links to information on the importance of preconception and prenatal care, nutrition and exercise, and planning for your newborn baby.

March of Dimes (MOD)
The MOD site offers many resources to both groups on birth defects, birth defects prevention, preconception care, and prenatal care.

Get Ready for Pregnancy

MedlinePlus guides consumers and health care professionals to peer-reviewed resources on many topics, including preconception care.  Try also searching on related topics such as birth defects, prenatal care, and folic acid.

Preconception Care

Specific Topics:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes and Pregnancy: Gestational Diabetes

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy 

healthfinder® Gestional Diabetes Screening: Questions for the Doctor

JDRF Life with T1D (Type 1 Diabetes)/Pregnancy

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Health Information Center - Pregnancy if You Have Diabetes

Folic Acid:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) NCBDDD: Folic Acid

March of Dimes (MOD) Folic Acid

Genetic Counseling:

March of Dimes (MOD) Genetic Counseling

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)Your Genetic Health: Patient Information

Substance Abuse:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists FAQ: Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Pregnancy

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Women and Alcohol

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): NCBDDD Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): NCBDDD: Pregnant? Don’t Smoke

March of Dimes (MOD) Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs 

MedlinePlus: Pregnancy and Substance Abuse

MotherToBaby, a service of OTIS (Organization of Teratology Information Specialists), offers English- and Spanish-language fact sheets on the effects of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, and other substances use in pregnancy through this link.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The FASAD Center for Excellence


National Toxicology Program (NTP): Health Assessment and Translation(OHAT, formerly CERHR)
OHAT Nominations under consideration and evaluations are found through this page.  Completed evaluations include links to reports on risk from exposure to several key environmental agents.

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Beth DeFrancis Sun
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