Preconception counseling is recommended when you have a pre-existing condition or family history that may affect the outcome of your pregnancy. This is where a Maternal-Fetal medicine specialist may be helpful to you.
For those without such histories it is still recommended that you be evaluated before you get pregnant to review your medical history, your family’s history and heritage, undergo a physical exam, and have any necessary testing including a Pap smear and blood work as appropriate. Any concerns or questions that you have can be addressed at that time as well. You are encouraged to take a multivitamin and folic acid before you conceive.
Once you have conceived, we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible with your obstetrician.