Preconception Health Care

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Because half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, primary care constitutes preconception health care for women ages 15 to 44. Here are recommendations to incorporate into routine visits to improve outcomes of possible pregnancies.



CE/CME No: CR-1408

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Define preconception and interconception health care and explain how these concepts relate to primary care.
• Describe three common clinical presentations in reproductive-age women that have implications for preconception and interconception health care.
• Explain the considerations, in terms of potential pregnancies, when prescribing pharmacologic treatment for reproductive-age women.
• Discuss examples of cultural factors and beliefs that may affect preconception health counseling provided to women of reproductive age.

Kathleen A. Ahonen is an Assistant Professor and Colleen Quinlan is an Associate Professor at the University of Toledo College of Nursing.
The authors have no significant financial relationships to disclose.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of August 2014.

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