What to Expect at Preconception Counseling
There are many important topics to discuss with your doctor before becoming pregnant such as:
- Prenatal Vitamins including increasing your intake of folic acid before conception to the recommended 400 mcg. This important B vitamin will help prevent birth defects in your baby’s brain and spinal cord.
- Healthy Diet – your diet also plays an important role during pregnancy. A woman who is anemic, or deficient in iron, might not have enough iron stores for normal red blood cell production in the fetus.
- Maintaining good fitness without overdoing will offer benefits during your pregnancy and labor and delivery.
- Controlling habits such as smoking and drinking.
- Prescription Medications – your obstetrician will need to know any prescription medications that you currently take to see if they are safe for your developing baby.
- A full prenatal examination including Pap test and blood test to ensure you are not anemic and have immunity to rubella and chickenpox.
- Family History – your doctor will ask you and your partner questions regarding your family history to assess your genetic risks.
- Conceiving – your obstetrical specialist will review your monthly cycle and let you know the optimum time to conceive. It can take up to one year for healthy couples to conceive.
Attending a preconception counseling appointment is the best way to ensure that you start your pregnancy as healthy as possible. We will partner with you in making healthy choices that will benefit you and your growing baby.