Pre-Conception Counseling | Louisiana Women's Healthcare | Obstetrician & Gynecologist (OB/GYN) & OB/GYN | Baton Rouge, LA

Pre-Conception Counseling

Every woman wants a healthy baby, and preconception care is one way to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy. The skilled providers at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare offer preconception counseling to help prepare you both physically and mentally for conception. If you’re thinking about starting or expanding your family, visit the Baton Rouge, Louisiana practice to take the next step. Call or click “book now” to set up a preconception appointment.

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Pre-Conception Counseling Q & A

Do I Need to Go to the Doctor Before I Get Pregnant?

The specialists at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare strongly encourage a preconception appointment for anyone who’s thinking about starting a family. The preconception appointment is a great opportunity to prepare for pregnancy.

A fetus grows and develops rapidly the first eight weeks after conception, a time when many moms don’t even know they’re pregnant. By preparing beforehand, you can help promote the best outcomes.

Your OB/GYN addresses your health and lifestyle choices and conducts testing to improve your chances of getting pregnant. Your preconception appointment also allows you to meet with your provider and make sure your obstetrician is a good fit.

What is Preconception Counseling?

Preconception counseling is a process of preparing you both mentally and physically for pregnancy. Your OB/GYN identifies issues that could interfere with pregnancy so you can address them.

During your preconception appointment, you can expect the following:

  • An assessment of your current, past, and family medical history
  • Physical exam, including a pelvic exam, if needed
  • Blood and urine labs
  • Recommendations for exercise, diet, and supplementation
  • A discussion about your current health conditions, allergies, and medications and their effects on pregnancy
  • Advice about how to gain or lose weight based on your current BMI
  • Updates to your vaccinations
  • Tips on limiting dangerous habits and environmental exposures


What Types of Tests are Done at a Preconception Appointment?

Your provider can order urine and blood tests to check for signs of the following:

  • Infection
  • STDs
  • Blood type and Rh factor
  • Vitamin D levels
  • Thyroid function
  • Diabetes
  • Iron deficiency


You can also discuss more specialized genetic testing for inherited conditions with your provider.  

What are the Benefits of Preconception Counseling?

Your preconception appointment lays the best possible groundwork for your pregnancy. You can rest assured you’ve made all the physical preparations you need to carry a baby.

Your appointment also gives you a chance to ask any questions you have before getting pregnant. If you feel overwhelmed and confused by all the information you find online and in books, your doctor can provide straightforward, authoritative advice.

Preconception counseling also helps you boost your chances of conception. Your healthcare provider can help you track your cycles and provide fertility guidance.

If you’re thinking about starting a family, make an appointment with an OB/GYN at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare.