Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology
The fact that nearly one-half of all pregnancies are unplanned is exactly why preconception counseling is important to the doctors at Women’s Obstetrics and Gynecology. Through this counseling, women can plan their pregnancies, prepare for any issues that may arise, and be as healthy as possible before they get pregnant. Let Women’s Obstetrics and Gynecology help you experience the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Pre-Conception Counseling Q & A
Why is pre-conception counseling important?
- Carrying your baby to term
- Achieving the best long-term outcomes for you and your baby
These appointments allow your doctor to discuss any risks that they’re concerned about and provide any education, counseling, and interventions necessary.
What occurs during pre-conception counseling?
- Give you a physical exam
- Review your health history
- Order lab work
- Screen for infectious diseases
- Review medications
After compiling the information collected, your doctor reviews concerns and things that could cause issues, including:
- Being overweight or underweight
- Taking supplements, such as folic acid
- Getting chronic disease under control, including diabetes, hypertension, and epilepsy
Who should get genetic testing done as part of pre-conception counseling?
Should everyone go through pre-conception counseling?
- Have certain chronic health conditions
- Are on medications
- Have a history of miscarriages
- Are from specific ethnic groups
- Have a family history of genetic disorders
While Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend preconception counseling for certain people, almost all women can benefit from it. That’s because this type of counseling ensures you and your body are prepared for pregnancy, and it helps to identify any risks that may be present. It also allows your doctor to start you on folic acid supplements or prenatal vitamins, ensuring that your body has all of the nutrients it needs for healthy conception.