Did you know you can prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy?
While there is always some form of risk in pregnancy, you can take steps to help reduce your chances of having complications — especially if you have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or hypertension.
At HRPC, we believe many high-risk pregnancies can be prevented. And while we are here for people with high-risk pregnancies, we are also here to help prevent them.
In this post, we share one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of having a high-risk pregnancy — preconception counseling.
- What preconception counseling is,
- the best time to make your appointment,
- and how it significantly helps reduce your chances of a high-risk pregnancy.
Let’s dive in:
What is Preconception Counseling?
Preconception counseling is a visit with your healthcare provider or medical specialist before you start trying for a baby. During this appointment, you’ll talk about your goals and get advice on what to eat, the vitamins to take, and what you can do to reduce any risks of complications.
If you have health concerns, we’ll discuss those, too, and help you develop a plan on how to ensure a healthy pregnancy. This includes whether you’ve had previous pregnancy problems.
During your visit, you will receive a physical and possible lab work to test for various genetic disorders and standard blood tests for conditions like HIV, diabetes, or hepatitis.
Finally, we’ll consider lifestyle choices and any medications you’re currently taking. Then, we give you ample time to ask your questions and talk about any concerns.
The Best Time to Sign Up for Preconception Counseling
Because preconception counseling is an essential part of planning a healthy pregnancy, your first appointment should happen before you start trying to get pregnant.
For most patients, we recommend scheduling your visit at least three months before trying to conceive.
However, it doesn’t hurt to meet with a high-risk specialist, even if you’re on the fence about pregnancy because of health concerns.
Four Ways Preconception Counseling Helps Reduce Your Chances of Having a High-Risk Pregnancy
Preconception counseling is the best way to increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Here are four ways planning ahead makes all the difference:
1. You receive a plan for a healthier you.
After your preconception counseling visit, you’ll walk away with a realistic pregnancy plan with steps on what to do. You are more likely to reach your goals and prevent any major complications with a plan.
2. You receive quality preconception health care.
Preconception health care is vital for every person, especially if you’re trying to get pregnant. When you make a counseling appointment, you can also decide the best doctor or team you want to support you along this journey.
3. You avoid major health mistakes.
Along with a plan, you’ll also learn how to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. You learn how to stop any medications or lifestyle choices that can cause serious birth defects.
4. You address and manage any underlying health conditions.
Whether you have a medical condition or discover one during your visit, you’ll learn how to properly manage your condition to prevent any complications.
With many benefits and overall risk reduction, preconception counseling takes the worry and wonder out of a positive pregnancy test and helps you stay informed and on top of your pregnancy in a comprehensive and timely manner.
Contact us today to learn more about preconception counseling or to schedule an appointment. Your birth story matters to us long before your healthy baby is born.