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Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk

Miranda R. Waggoner


Increasingly, medical and public health recommendations urge all women of reproductive age to minimize health risks to future pregnancies even when pregnancy is not on the horizon. Such advice is predicated on the belief that good pre-pregnancy care will ensure better birth outcomes in the United States. This pre-pregnancy model of health care effectively designates a “zero trimester” in which women are expected, before conception, to anticipate motherhood and prepare their bodies for healthy reproduction. Some health experts believe that pre-pregnancy care will solve many medical and social i ... More

Keywords: zero trimester, pre-pregnancy care, reproductive risk, maternal responsibility, public health, population health, pregnancy, prenatal care, reproductive politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288065
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miranda R. Waggoner, author
Florida State University