Here are a few areas that we discuss during a preconception counseling appointment:

  • Annual Exam: When was your last annual exam? We need to assess your baseline health status to establish where you are regarding your health.
  • Tests: We need to know what your blood type is; if you are Rubella Immune; If you have had all necessary immunizations. Also, depending on your ethnicity, there are certain tests that we need to do to see if you carry a certain gene that may affect your pregnancy. For some couples, genetic testing may be an additional group of tests that need to be done.
  • Nutrition: Did you know that you need to be taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid, a B vitamin that helps to prevent birth defects BEFORE you become pregnant? We will assess your nutritional status and make dietary recommendations to ensure your body is getting what it needs from the foods you eat.