If you are considering pregnancy in the near future, we recommend that you schedule an appointment for preconception counseling. Our doctors are experienced in providing information and counseling services to couples, and we can help you move ahead with your plans to expand your family.
We will review your medical, surgical and obstetrical history with the aim of optimizing your pregnancy outcome. Here is what you can expect to discuss with one of our doctors during a preconception counseling session:
- Overall health of both partners and any underlying medical or surgical concerns
- Previous pregnancy or infertility concerns
- Prescription medication use
- Immunization and infectious history
- Family histories, including genetic disorders
- Concerns regarding exposure to any chemicals that may affect your pregnancy
We will discuss what effect a pregnancy will have on your overall health and the potential effects of any medical or obstetrical problems on a future pregnancy. This is especially important if you have a chronic medical disease, such as diabetes or hypertension, which we should treat optimally prior to conception.
It is also important for us to review your family history to see if any genetic diseases run in your family that we should discuss prior to pregnancy. We also recommend that all women start a prenatal vitamin with folate (or folic acid) before they become pregnant.
Our goal is to plan the care of a future pregnancy in a way that optimizes the chance of a successful pregnancy outcome. To schedule a preconception counseling session, please visit us on MyChart or call one of our three convenient locations.