Planning your pregnancy before conception could greatly benefit you and your baby’s health.
Just as the name suggests, preconception counseling refers to an office visit with our Rockville, MD, OBGYNs to discuss any health problems or issues that could put you or your unborn baby at risk once you become pregnant. Preconception counseling takes the surprise out of potential concerns or issues so that you can have a healthier and well-planned pregnancy.
What is involved in a preconception counseling visit?
There are several components to this visit, including:
Your Medical History
We will need to go through your detailed medical history to determine if there are certain conditions that could impact your ability to get pregnant or could cause a high-risk pregnancy. Be as upfront as possible about any preexisting conditions, as well as any medications or supplements that you are taking.
Your family history is important for us to know because there could be certain hereditary health problems or disorders. For example, knowing that you have a family history of diabetes or hypertension is helpful, as this may require additional checkups to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure or gestational diabetes during your pregnancy.
If you’ve been a patient with us then we will have all of your information regarding STD testing, birth control, infections, and Pap smear results. Of course, if you are coming from another OBGYN then we can have this information forwarded to us. You’ll want to keep up with Pap smears, annual exams, and STD testing to make sure that everything is healthy and that there are no problems that could affect your ability to conceive.
Lifestyle & Environment
Your lifestyle is a major factor for a healthy pregnancy. We will discuss everything from your stress levels and caffeine and alcohol consumption to your diet and exercise routine. Certain work environments can also impact your pregnancy, so be open to discussing your work life in order for us to come up with ways to help reduce possible issues.
Based on your preconception counseling visit, our Rockville, MD, gynecologist may also recommend,
- A physical exam
- Additional blood tests
- Taking prenatal vitamins
- Charting your cycle and using a fertility kit
As you and our OBGYN go through your history and current lifestyle, we may make certain suggestions or recommendations which could ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Certain recommendations may include losing weight, quitting smoking, or getting certain immunizations.
If you are an athlete or someone who follows a certain workout plan, we can also work with you to help determine which exercises are safe throughout the course of your pregnancy.
Contact Us Today!
If you are interested in scheduling a preconception counseling visit with one of our physicians, call Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, today at (301) 569-6301.