Preconception Nutrition

Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery

March of Dimes Foundation.

Learn how weight loss surgery can affect pregnancy outcomes and understand precautions that should be taken before getting pregnant.

Take Folic Acid Before You're Pregnant

March of Dimes Foundation.

Recognize the importance of folic acid supplementation prior to pregnancy, including the role it plays in preventing Neural Tube Defects.

Preconception Clinical Care for Women: Nutrition (PDF | 698 KB)

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Use this fact sheet to help women of reproductive age understand the importance that calcium, supplements, essential fatty acids, folic acid, iodine and iron play in preconception.

Guidance for Preconception Care for Specific High Risk Conditions

Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative.

Discusses the importance of and guidelines for effective preconception care for women with high risk conditions that include:

Preconception Care Frequently Asked Questions (PDF | 305 KB)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Understand why health status, weight status, and specific nutrients can impact health during pregnancy and affect pregnancy outcomes.

Desires Pregnancy: Nutrition

Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative.

Use this clinical toolkit with women who desire pregnancy for assessing dietary adequacy and providing nutritional guidance.

What I Need to Know about Preparing for Pregnancy if I Have Diabetes

NIH. NIDDK. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.

Find guidelines, checklists, and planning tools for helping women with Diabetes control their blood glucose before they get pregnant. Also available in Spanish.

Food Safety for Moms-To-Be: Before You're Pregnant

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Find fact sheets for helping women consider food safety before they become pregnant. Also available in Spanish. Topics include:

Women of Size and Pregnancy (PDF | 291 KB)

American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Help women understand how their pre-pregnancy weight status can impact their pregnancy and its outcomes.

Before You Get Pregnant: Information for All Women

DHHS. Office on Women's Health.

Provides tools for helping women plan ahead for a healthy pregnancy. Also available in Spanish.

Preconception Care to Reduce Maternal and Childhood Mortality and Morbidity

World Health Organization.

Find a meeting report that identifies risk behaviors and provides evidence-based, preconception interventions to address them.

Counseling Patients on Preconception Care: Folate and Beyond

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.