Term Preconception Care
Code LJ-5000.6570
Definition Programs that provide comprehensive health care services including a risk assessment, health promotion and counseling to maximize the health of women of childbearing age before they become pregnant. The objective of preconception care is to eliminate (or at least reduce the incidence of) infertility, recurrent spontaneous abortions, premature births, perinatal death, low birth weight and birth defects by identifying and reducing a woman's reproductive risks which may include HIV infection, hepatitis B, rubella, toxoplasmosis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, use of some types of medication, electromagnetic radiation, nutritional/weight status, lifestyle risks such as smoking, alcohol use or substance abuse and adverse genetic factors. Preconception care is particularly important for women with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or disabilities.
Created 5/15/02
Changed 5/4/10
Use References
See Also References Conception Options Support Programs (LJ-2000.1500)
Genetic Counseling (LJ-2000.2500)
Genetic Testing and Screening (LF-5350)
Health Education (LH-2700)
External Classification Terms Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (USA HC-300)
Maternal and Child Health Concerns (UW
Maternal & Infant Care (NPC E13.03)
Reproductive Health Care (NTE E40)
Related Concepts Disabilities
Facet Service
Bibliographic References Medical Subject Headings, National Library of Medicine, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html

“Preconception Health Care”, American Academy of Family Physicians website, News & Publications, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020615/2507.html

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