We all spend countless hours planning for the arrival of our baby. Unfortunately, too few of us plan ahead for our pregnancy to optimize the chances for a healthy baby. An appointment for preconceptual care with your OB/GYN can allow your doctor to identify things that may pose risks to you or your baby. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:
- Medical Conditions – There are many medical problems that are associated with increased risks for pregnant women or their fetus. It is important to make sure any medical problem you have is well-controlled and medications are safe to use in pregnancy.
- Infections and Vaccinations – There are many infections that can harm both the mother and the fetus. Making sure you are up to date on immunizations may help prevent some of these infections.
- Past Pregnancy History – Some problems effecting past pregnancies may occur again. You should, therefore, share the outcomes of any past pregnancy with your doctor.
- Genetic History – Depending on your age, family history and ethnic background, you may be offered testing or genetic counseling. This counseling also identifies a woman’s age-related risk of having a child with a chromosomal abnormality, such as Down’s Syndrome.
- Lifestyle – Your doctor will review your lifestyle habits to encourage a balanced diet, adequate folic acid consumption, healthy exercise and avoidance of alcohol/tobacco/illegal drugs. You may also address concerns you have about other environmental toxins that may include radiation, solvents, heavy metals and pesticides.
The physicians at All Women OB/GYN, PSC all agree that one of the biggest decisions any of us can make is to have a baby. A decision of this magnitude requires careful planning that includes input from your trusted OB/GYN.