[Summary of the NHG Standard 'Preconception care']

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2012;155(35):A4680.
[Article in Dutch]


Preconception care is part is the primary care by general practitioners and midwives in the Netherlands. The Dutch College of General Practitioners' (NHG) practice guideline 'Preconception care' gives the general practitioner guidelines for assisting couples to be well informed and in the best possible health before conception. The guideline advises general practitioners to be alert for prescription of chronic medication to women wishing to have a child and informs couples wishing to have a child of the availability of a preconception consultation. The general practitioner should review which interventions are necessary in women with chronic disorders. A thorough medical family history is required for the man as well as the woman. Their employment situation and conditions also need to be reviewed. In the case of desire for a child, folic acid is advised. In addition, the practitioner should give advice concerning stopping smoking, healthy weight and avoidance of alcohol use during pregnancy. Implementation of the guideline is especially important for the less educated and for immigrants, as these groups have less healthy lifestyle habits and less knowledge of risk factors in pregnancy.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family Practice / standards*
  • Female
  • Folic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Preconception Care / standards*
  • Pregnancy
  • Women's Health


  • Folic Acid