Prenatal Care

Editors' Choice of Best Available Content

This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on prenatal care and related issues, including preconception care, folic acid, medication safety, nausea and vomiting, pregnancy complications, and prenatal screening. New research may affect the interpretation and application of this material. Clinical judgment is advised. Note that AFP content published within the past two years is accessible to AAFP members and paid subscribers only.
Note: This topic collection does not include Labor and Delivery topics. See separate topic collection on Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Issues.



Medication Safety


Complications and Special Situations

Editorials and Letters

Improving Practice

Patient Education, Self-Care

Other Resources from AAFP


10/01/2020 Pregnancy Myths and Practical Tips
04/15/2020 Fetal Aneuploidy: Screening and Diagnostic Testing
11/01/2018 The Pregnant Patient: Managing Common Acute Medical Problems
09/15/2016 AAFP Releases Position Paper on Preconception care [Practice Guidelines]
04/01/2016 Impact of Antenatal Dietary Education and Supplementation on Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes [Cochrane for Clinicians]
01/15/2016 Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia and Iron Supplementation in Pregnant Women to Improve Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes [Putting Prevention into Practice]
01/15/2016 Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia and Iron Supplementation in Pregnant Women to Improve Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
02/01/2014 Update on Prenatal Care
10/15/2013 Recommendations for Preconception Counseling and Care
01/15/2009 Fetal Chromosomal Abnormalities: Antenatal Screening and Diagnosis Patient Education

Medication Safety

01/01/2020 Antepartum Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Length of Gestation [Cochrane for Clinicians]
04/01/2017 Vitamin E in Pregnancy [Medicine by the Numbers]
08/01/2015 Micronutrient Supplementation During Pregnancy [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
10/15/2014 Over-the-Counter Medications in Pregnancy
05/15/2011 Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]


09/15/2015 Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
06/15/2014 Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy Algorithm Differential Diagnosis
11/15/2011 Ginger for the Treatment of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Complications and Special Situations

11/01/2021 Fetal Growth Restriction Before and After Birth new Algorithm
09/15/2019 Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
09/15/2019 Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression [Putting Prevention into Practice]
03/01/2019 Metformin for Improving Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Pregnant Women Who Are Obese [Medicine by the Numbers]
01/01/2016 Home Visits for Pregnant Adolescents [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
09/01/2015 Late Presentation to Prenatal Care [Curbside Consultation]
04/15/2015 Counseling Patients with Unintended Pregnancy [Curbside Consultation]
04/15/2015 Options for Women with Unintended Pregnancy
02/15/2014 Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy
11/15/2010 Caring for Pregnant Women and Newborns with Hepatitis B or C
04/01/2010 ACOG Guidelines on Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery [Practice Guidelines]
10/15/2008 Recurrent Miscarriage [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

Ectopic Pregnancy

05/15/2020 Ectopic Pregnancy: Diagnosis and Management Algorithm Differential Diagnosis
10/01/2013 Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

Gestational Diabetes

04/01/2015 Screening, Diagnosis, and Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Algorithm
12/01/2014 Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
09/15/2014 ACOG Releases Guideline on Gestational Diabetes [Practice Guidelines]

Hypertensive and Thrombotic Disorders

12/15/2019 Managing Chronic Hypertension in Pregnant Women: ACOG Releases Updated Practice Bulletin [Practice Guidelines]
11/15/2019 Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia: A Practice Bulletin from ACOG [Practice Guidelines]
10/01/2019 Antihypertensive Drug Therapy for Mild to Moderate Hypertension During Pregnancy [Cochrane for Clinicians]
01/15/2018 Screening for Preeclampsia: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
01/15/2018 Screening for Preeclampsia [Putting Prevention into Practice]
03/15/2017 NPMS Releases Consensus Statement on Venous Thromboembolism During Pregnancy [Practice Guidelines]
01/15/2016 Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Algorithm
10/01/2015 Calcium Supplementation for Preventing Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy [Cochrane for Clinicians]
03/01/2015 Low-Dose Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality from Preeclampsia: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
06/01/2011 Magnesium Sulfate and Other Anticonvulsants for Women with Preeclampsia [Cochrane for Clinicians]
05/15/2009 Preeclampsia, Eclampsia, and Hypertension [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
06/15/2008 Venous Thromboembolism During Pregnancy Algorithm

Pregnancy Loss

04/15/2021 Mifepristone and Misoprostol for Early Pregnancy Loss and Medication Abortion Differential Diagnosis
09/01/2019 Treatment of Threatened Miscarriage with Progestogens [Cochrane for Clinicians]
07/01/2019 Preventing Spontaneous Abortion with Progestin Therapy [Medicine by the Numbers]
02/01/2017 Physician's Friendship Eases Pain After Pregnancy Loss [Close-ups]
04/01/2015 Exercise and Pregnancy Loss [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
04/01/2014 Misoprostol for Incomplete First Trimester Miscarriage [Cochrane for Clinicians]
07/01/2011 Office Management of Early Pregnancy Loss Algorithm Patient Education
02/01/2011 Management Options for Early Incomplete Miscarriage [Cochrane for Clinicians]
11/01/2007 Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss Patient Education

Post-term Pregnancy

01/01/2017 Membrane Sweeping to Decrease Rates of Postdate Induction [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
08/01/2014 Common Questions About Late-Term and Postterm Pregnancy Algorithm


11/15/2014 Trauma in Pregnancy: Assessment, Management, and Prevention Algorithm

Vaginal Bleeding

02/01/2019 First Trimester Bleeding: Evaluation and Management Algorithm
04/15/2007 Late Pregnancy Bleeding Algorithm

Group B Streptococcal Infection

11/15/2014 Self-Administered GBS Testing in Pregnant Women [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
07/01/2012 Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease: Updated CDC Guideline Algorithm

Editorials and Letters

08/15/2020 Immunizations in Pregnancy: Updated Recommendations [Editorials]
09/15/2019 Can We Prevent Perinatal Depression in the Primary Care Office? [Editorials]
05/01/2018 Obesity in Pregnancy: Risks and Management [Editorials]
01/01/2017 The CDC’s Recommendations to Help Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders [Editorials] Algorithm
07/01/2016 FDA Implements New Labeling for Medications Used During Pregnancy and Lactation [Editorials]
09/15/2003 Management of Labor Pain: Promoting Patient Choice [Editorials]
06/15/2003 Information on Medication Use in Pregnancy [Editorials]
03/01/2014 Screening for Gestational Diabetes Should Be a Shared Decision [Letters to the Editor]
05/15/2006 Use of Mifepristone for Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy [Letters to the Editor]

Improving Practice

From FPM

AAFP's Peer-Reviewed Practice Improvement Journal

09/01/2020 Maternal Immunization Task Force for Pregnant Women: A Call to Action
04/01/2005 How to Build More Maternity Care Into Your Practice
03/01/2003 Sharing Maternity Care

Patient Education, Self-Care

04/15/2020 Testing for Fetal Aneuploidy Patient Education
02/01/2019 Bleeding in Early Pregnancy Patient Education
04/15/2015 Options for Unintended Pregnancy Patient Education
11/15/2014 Car Safety During Pregnancy Patient Education
07/01/2012 GBS Testing During Pregnancy Patient Education
07/01/2011 Common Treatments for Miscarriage Patient Education
01/15/2016 High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Patient Education


AAFP's Patient Information Resource

Pregnancy & Newborns

Other Resources from AAFP

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO)

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