ACOG Committee Opinion number 313, September 2005. The importance of preconception care in the continuum of women's health care

Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Sep;106(3):665-6. doi: 10.1097/00006250-200509000-00052.


The goal of preconception care is to reduce the risk of adverse health effects for the woman, fetus, or neonate by optimizing the woman's health and knowledge before planning and conceiving a pregnancy. Because reproductive capacity spans almost four decades for most women, optimizing women's health before and between pregnancies is an ongoing process that requires access to and the full participation of all segments of the health care system.

MeSH terms

  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Preconception Care*
  • Women's Health