If you’re thinking about having a baby, a preconception counseling appointment can help you understand how to prepare your body to get pregnant and increase your chances for a healthy pregnancy.
If you've had problems with a previous pregnancy, have a family history of genetic disorders, or have difficulty conceiving, our specialists in high-risk pregnancy, prenatal genetics, and fertility can help you plan for pregnancy.
Ideally, you should your preconception counseling appointment three to six months before trying to get pregnant. The goal is to get your body as healthy as possible and to address any medical issues before you get pregnant.
What to Expect on Your Preconception Counseling Visit
During your preconception counseling visit, you should talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about becoming pregnant. If you have health problems such as diabetes or hypertension or a disorder such as lupus or cystic fibrosis, talk to your doctor about them. Also discuss any family history or hereditary concerns you may have.
Your doctor may perform a physical examination as well as laboratory tests to evaluate your overall health.
Because your health is as important to your baby as it is to you, your doctor will encourage you to lead a healthy life style, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. Prenatal vitamins may also be recommended.
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