Preconception planning with our Round Rock obgyns prepares you for a healthy pregnancy
Whether you are a planner or just like to wing it, preconception planning is something you should put on your agenda if you are planning on getting pregnant in the near future. Our Round Rock obgyns recommend preconception planning for every woman who is planning to start a family because it helps us identify any factors that could affect your pregnancy.
Why is preconception planning important?
If you have certain preexisting conditions when you become pregnant, these can potentially cause harm to both mother and baby. At your preconception planning appointment, we will uncover these factors and assess whether or not they need to be treated before you become pregnant. Our goal is to provide proactive care and support.
For example, if a mother is diabetic, has high blood pressure, seizure disorders or mental health issues, our Round Rock obgyns can work with her and her other physicians to control that condition so the pregnancy proceeds in a healthy way.
If you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), ideally we would treat it before you try to conceive.
During preconception planning, we also discuss any medications you are currently taking. This includes herbal supplements, vitamins and over-the-counter medications that can also harm your baby if taken during your pregnancy.
Lifestyle choices can affect your pregnancy
Our Round Rock obgyns will ask you several questions about your lifestyle during preconception planning. It is important for us to know if you smoke, drink alcohol or misuse prescription or illegal drugs, all of which can harm the baby, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is advised for you to quit these if planning pregnancy.
We also check your weight and discuss your diet. If you are severely under or overweight, it may affect your ability to conceive. If you are overweight, you may also be at risk for serious problems during your pregnancy, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes.
What happens during a preconception planning appointment?
One of the most vital moments of a preconception planning appointment occurs when our Round Rock obgyns discuss your family and medical history. The interview includes questions about your medical and surgical history; family health history; obgyn history; lifestyle choices; and questions about your home and work environments.
Some patients may receive a physical exam and other tests, including a Pap, HIV or hepatitis test, or tests to check your immune status for rubella. Patients may also want to discuss preconception carrier screening, which helps predict the chances that you may conceive a child with a hereditary condition.
Our Round Rock obgyns offer preconception planning because we have one goal for your pregnancy: healthy mother, healthy baby
Preconception planning is the perfect way for you to love your baby while he or she is just a dream in your heart. Contact our Round Rock obgyns to learn more about giving your baby the best head start.