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.
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:
Your provider can order urine and blood tests to check for signs of the following:
You can also discuss more specialized genetic testing for inherited conditions with your provider.
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.