What to Ask During Your Preconception Counseling Appointment

Planning a pregnancy is exciting and, let’s face it, maybe slightly terrifying at the same time. Although it’s been going on since civilization began, most women have a multitude of questions about the process.

You may be wondering: Are you healthy enough? Do all pregnant women get as grumpy as your best friend’s cousin? How long does it take to get pregnant? What can you do now to get your body ready? Lose weight? Gain weight? Lay off the tuna? Do you really have to give up coffee?

A preconception counseling appointment provides one of the best opportunities you’ll have to find answers to these questions. It’s also the first step you can take to help ensure you and your baby experience a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Whether this will be your first child or you’re a seasoned pro, Dr. Howerton and her staff are dedicated to supporting you before, during, and after your pregnancy. That includes taking time to answer your questions and address your concerns during a preconception visit.

And if you’re not sure what you should ask, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Start with the basics

Your current and previous health issues are a major focus of preconception counseling. We’ll review your medical history carefully, but you can offer insight with the questions you ask.

This may include asking questions about your reproductive history and how it might affect your ability to conceive, including:

We’re also happy to answer questions about your current health and how that might impact a future pregnancy, including issues such as:

We’ll have plenty of recommendations about ways to tighten your blood pressure control, get on track with your diabetes, or manage your weight so you and your baby have the healthiest start possible for pregnancy.

Endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can also interfere with conception and pregnancy, so be sure to ask for details if you’ve been diagnosed with either.

Get specific

When you’re planning to have a baby, you’re likely to hear a lot of general advice about what to do to prepare. Everyone may suggest that you get healthy. But what exactly does that mean? Use your preconception counseling appointment to gather the details.

For instance, you can ask about:

You might also wonder about:

Don’t forget dad

Much of our focus during preconception counseling is understandably on mom’s health and the factors that pertain to experiencing a healthy pregnancy. However, we love to see future dads come in for the preconception counseling visit as well, and encourage you to ask questions, too.

You can also expect us to ask about dad’s health, genetic issues, lifestyle or habits, and other factors that may influence conception.      

When you’re planning to get pregnant, the old rule that no question is a dumb question absolutely applies. We’ll supply plenty of written information about conception and pregnancy, but always encourage you bring in a list of items you’d like to review.

So, schedule your preconception counseling appointment with Dr. Howerton today and get your questions ready.

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