Preconception counseling provides a woman or couple the opportunity to discuss health concerns or questions about how to achieve the best pregnancy and the healthiest baby.
An early health evaluation and environmental risk assessment are critical to achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Optimally, a woman should have these assessments performed by her primary care physician or obstetrician/gynecologist at least three to six months prior to conceiving.
The main objective of preconception counselling is to check for any potential risks to you and your baby during pregnancy and to determine & address any medical issues you may have before you get pregnant.Since health issues and risks increase with age, it is important that women in their 30s and 40s see their doctors early to provide adequate preparation for the pregnancy and to reduce risks to a healthy pregnancy. By identifying risks prior to conception, doctors can provide care during pregnancy that will improve the health of the mother and her unborn child.
Preconception Counseling can provide women and couples with the following support:
- Dietary planning
- Exercise routines
- Immunization updates
- Smoking cessation
- Alcohol and drug use
- Special needs and follow-up care
- Genetic counseling