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Prepregnancy Counseling and Interpregnancy Care: Resource Overview

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to prepregnancy counseling and interpregnancy care.

These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG's endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers
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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Committee Opinion: Prepregnancy Counseling
This Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in January 2019, provides guidance on prepregnancy care to reduce the risk of adverse health effects for the woman, fetus, and neonate by working with the woman to optimize health, address modifiable risk factors, and provide education about healthy pregnancy.

Obstetric Care Consensus: Interpregnancy Care
This Obstetric Care Consensus, issued by ACOG in January 2019, discusses the components of interpregnancy care and provides guidance for physicians on counseling patients within this context.

Toxic Environmental Agents
This page contains a list of resources—from ACOG and other sources— related to environmental toxins and how they may affect reproductive health and pregnancy.

Genetics
ACOG’s genetics page contains clinical guidance and additional helpful resources related to prenatal screening, diagnostic testing, and more. 

Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI)
WPSI is ACOG’s federally funded initiative to develop, review, and update recommendations for women’s preventive health care services.

Well-Woman Chart
ACOG’s Well-Woman Chart, developed by the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI), summarizes age-based preventive service recommendations for women from adolescence into maturity.


Resources for Women and Patients

Patient FAQ: Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2017, provides information on prepregnancy care and the prepregnancy visit. 

Patient FAQ: Having a Baby After Age 35: How Aging Affects Fertility and Pregnancy
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2018, provides patient information on fertility and pregnancy for women over 35 years of age. 

Patient FAQ: Carrier Screening 
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2017, provides information on carrier screening for genetic disorders. 

Patient FAQ: A Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Diabetes
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2011, provides information on pregnancy for women with diabetes. 

Patient FAQ: Obesity and Pregnancy
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2016, provides information on obesity and pregnancy. 

Patient FAQ: Weight Control: Eating Right and Keeping Fit
This FAQ, issued in ACOG in 2016, provides information on weight loss and exercise. 

Patient FAQ: It's Time to Quit Smoking
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2014, provides information on smoking cessation. 

Patient FAQ: The Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2015, provides information on the flu and vaccination during pregnancy.

Patient FAQ: Marijuana and Pregnancy
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2018, provides information on the use of marijuana in pregnancy. 

Patient FAQ: Listeria and Pregnancy
This FAQ, issued by ACOG in 2018, provides information on listeria, the source of a foodborne illness called listeriosis, one of the most serious types of food poisoning.


External Resources

American Society for Reproductive Medicine
ASRM provides patient resources on infertility, menopause, contraception, reproductive surgery, endometriosis, and other reproductive disorders, as well as practice committee documents for health care providers. 
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
DHHS’s Office of Population Affairs provides resources on prepregnancy health and reproductive life planning.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
The CDC provides annual immunization schedules, information on preconception care, and guidance on Zika virus and pregnancy

University of California, San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and Environment
UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and Environment provides clinical resources on environmental health and medicine. 

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188