If you’re thinking about having a baby, soon or sometime in the future, preconception counseling can help you optimize your health and fertility to increase your chances of pregnancy when you’re ready. The women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology offer preconception counseling at offices conveniently located in Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, Lititz and Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Call the location nearest you or make an appointment online today.
The team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology offer customized preconception counseling to help you improve your health and prepare for pregnancy. Preconception counseling combines physical exams and effective therapies and advice to help you prepare your body for pregnancy to increase your chances of conception. For example, you’ll learn to track your cycle and identify your most fertile days each month.
In addition to improving your health and helping you prepare for pregnancy, preconception counseling includes contraceptive advice to help you control when you become pregnant.
If you’re thinking about having a baby, preconception counseling helps you optimize your physical, mental, and emotional health to boost your fertility and your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor can also provide genetic screening to identify and assess your risk of passing a genetic disorder on to your child.
Ultimately, the benefit of preconception counseling is to ensure you have the best possible chances of conceiving and having a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery.
At your preconception counseling appointment, your doctor provides a detailed consultation and a physical exam for assessing your health and fertility. You discuss your medical history including your reproductive and surgical history. You should tell your doctor about any medications you take regularly including vitamins and supplements.
Your doctor asks about your lifestyle including your diet, exercise habits, and other factors including alcohol and tobacco use. Your doctor also asks about your home and work environments to assess your exposure to toxins that could be harmful to your chances of pregnancy.
You also have a full physical exam and lab tests for your doctor to assess your health and identify any issues that could interfere with your fertility. They may offer genetic screening. At the end of your appointment, your doctor gives you advice and information on how to prepare your body for pregnancy.
During preconception counseling, you learn about how to track your menstrual cycle and identify the days when you’re most likely to get pregnant. You’ll also learn how to adjust your diet and exercise habits to optimize your chances of getting pregnant. For example, maintaining a healthy weight can both support fertility and help you have a healthy baby.
If you’re planning on having a baby, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule a preconception counseling appointment online today.