“Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?”
The goal of pre-pregnancy care is to optimize your health, address any modifiable risk factors and provide education about a healthy pregnancy.
Why is this important? You may be able to reduce risks to you and your baby.
Many chronic medical conditions – diabetes, hypertension, psychiatric illness, and thyroid disease – can impact pregnancy outcomes and should be optimally managed before pregnancy.
Pregnancy complications may be reduced by appropriate identification and mitigation of risk factors, while genetic screening may allow a couple to make informed decisions regarding family planning.
What can you expect to be covered at a preconception visit?
Family planning and pregnancy spacing
Immunity and immunization status
Risk factors for sexually transmitted infections
Substance use, including alcohol, tobacco and recreational and illicit drugs
Exposure to violence and intimate partner violence
Medical, surgical and psychiatric history
Current medications (prescription and non prescriptions)
Family history (both mother and father)
Body mass index (BMI)
Prepregnancy folic acid supplementation to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs)
Teratogens (an agent that causes fetal abnormality following exposure in pregnancy): environmental and occupational exposures
Schedule your visit if you are considering pregnancy and want to optimize your health and the health of your baby.