Pre-conception counseling is a meeting between an obstetrician and a couple that is planning to start trying to conceive a baby. This meeting is done to provide information about optimal health for both partners in order to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.
The meeting includes several key areas of concern, include possible risky behaviors, lifestyle modifications, and underlying health issues that could affect a couple’s ability to conceive and carry a baby to term. This is a preventive health care service and gives you plenty of time to start making healthy behavior changes so that you can be in good health for your pregnancy.
How Pre-Conception Counseling Works
The first part of a pre-conception counseling session is to discuss the family history. This is important because many birth defects and pregnancy complications are inherited or run in families. For example, the doctor may want to know if twins run in either the mother’s or father’s side of the family.