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Prim Care. 2012 Mar;39(1):1-16. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2011.11.001. Epub 2011 Dec 2.

Preconception counseling.

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Thayer County Health Services, 120 Park Avenue, Hebron, NE 68370, USA.


The preconception counseling visit is an ideal time to evaluate the patient and her future expectations regarding pregnancy. In fact at every patient encounter, whether for acute or chronic care, consideration should be given to any woman who, although not pregnant, may become pregnant, and what effect each ordered procedure, laboratory examination, or medication prescription might have on her or her fetus. If the primary reason for the office visit is preconception counseling there are a few specific components that should be discussed besides a complete history and physical examination.

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