Preconception Counseling

  • Paul Lyons
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


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    Preconception counseling is medical evaluation and intervention performed prior to conception with the expectation that the course and outcome of subsequent pregnancies will be improved.

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    Preconception counseling and intervention may occur in the context of care for other medical conditions.

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    Preconception counseling consists of three primary activities: (a) risk identification/assessment, (b) patient education, and (c) risk intervention, when possible.

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    The postpartum period is often an ideal opportunity for preconception counseling for subsequent pregnancies.



Neural Tube Defect Folic Acid Supplementation Subsequent Pregnancy Sickle Cell Trait Postpartum Care 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Lyons
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  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA

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