Preconception Counseling

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Women's Healthcare Group

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in York, PA

Preconception counseling can dramatically improve the health of your future baby and reduce your risk of pregnancy-related medical problems. For educational and compassionate preconception care, visit an experienced OB/GYN at Women’s Healthcare Group in York, Pennsylvania, to create the right pregnancy plan for you and your family, before you get pregnant. Call or book an appointment online today for more information.

Preconception Counseling Q & A

What is Preconception Counseling?

Preconception care or counseling is any intervention that promotes your health and well-being before you get pregnant to ensure that you experience the healthiest pregnancy possible. The following are examples of what preconception counseling involves:

  • Medical and Reproductive History: During your preconception checkup at Women’s Healthcare Group, your OB/GYN goes over your medical and reproductive history. They try to determine whether you’re at risk for any pregnancy-related health problems, such as gestational diabetes, anemia, preeclampsia, miscarriage, or preterm labor. Any contraception use, previous Pap smear results, or sexually transmitted diseases are discussed to help create the right pregnancy plan for you.
  • Lifestyle Habits: When it comes to you and your baby’s health, your lifestyle habits could dramatically influence your pregnancy. Drinking alcohol and caffeine, smoking, recreational drug use, and overall inactivity are all threats to you and your baby. Your OB/GYN will ask you detailed questions about you and your partner’s lifestyle habits, levels of activity, and any stressors in your life.
  • Weight: Many women don’t realize is that their weight can have a dramatic impact on their ability to conceive. If you’re severely underweight or overweight, you may struggle to get pregnant, so it’s important to opt for a healthy diet and exercise regime before you start trying for a baby.

 

What Can I Expect From My Visits?

Before you try for a baby, it’s important to visit your OB/GYN for a physical exam to make sure your heart, breasts, abdomen, thyroid, lungs, weight, and blood pressure are all in optimal health for your future pregnancy.

Some tests your doctor may recommend include:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Hepatitis screening
  • Rubella
  • Pap smear
  • Pelvic exam
  • Thyroid test
  • Immunizations
  • Sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD or STI) screenings


Part of preconception counseling also includes educating women on the benefits of healthy lifestyle changes and lessening serious stressors in your life.

How Can I Increase My Chances of Getting Pregnant?

At Women’s Healthcare Group, your OB/GYN will discuss with you about how to get to know your menstrual cycle and what’s normal for you. They can also teach you how to monitor when you ovulate and how to track your body temperature, so you can maximize your chances of conception.

You can increase your chances of getting pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy by:

  • Having sex right before you ovulate
  • Waiting 15 minutes after sex before getting up
  • Staying active and being physically fit
  • Taking prenatal vitamins starting three months before conception


The dedicated team at Women’s Healthcare Group will counsel you about dietary changes you can make in order to have a healthier pregnancy.

Do I Need Genetic Counseling During Preconception Care?

Depending on your medical and family history, age, and environmental factors, your OB/GYN at Women’s Healthcare Group may recommend genetic counseling. This helps you and your physician understand the chances of having a child with a birth defect or developmental disability, such as:

  • Down syndrome
  • Autism
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing impairment
  • Muscular dystrophy


Genetic counseling isn’t always necessary. When you visit Women’s Healthcare Group for your preconception checkup, your OB/GYN will review your family medical history to determine if genetic counseling is right for you.

To start your journey toward a healthy pregnancy, call Women’s Healthcare Group or book an appointment online today.