Reserve a time for preconception counseling in Grapevine and North Fort Worth at Women’s Integrated Healthcare.
Even if you’re not ready to get pregnant, it’s never too early for start thinking about preconception health. As a patient at Women’s Integrated Care, P.A., you will receive comprehensive preconception counseling from your ObGyn in Grapevine and Fort Worth, helping you plan for a healthy pregnancy and family.
Personalized preconception counseling with an ObGyn can help you prepare for pregnancy.
As part of your personalized preconception counseling, your ObGyn in Grapevine and Fort Worth at Women’s Integrated Care, P.A., will sit down with you to perform a comprehensive evaluation.
Review your health history. Your ObGyn in Grapevine will ask you questions about previous pregnancies, menstrual history, contraceptive use and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Your ObGyn might decide to perform some tests like a Pap smear or blood work to make sure that there are no continuing effects from previous infections or gynecological issues.
Review your medical/surgical history: Your ObGyn will ask you about any previous surgeries, hospitalizations, pre-existing medical conditions, allergies and current medications (including prescribed and over-the-counter medications). Sometimes undiagnosed medical problems can cause problems during pregnancy so it’s always best to manage and treat before pregnancy occurs.
Discuss your family health history: Family history can give valuable information about potential risk factors in your pregnancy, even if you haven’t experienced the health conditions yourself. Some examples are hypertension, diabetes or multiple births. Genetic testing may be recommended to find out if a couple is at risk for having a child with certain genetic diseases such as Tay-Sachs and sickle trait/sickle cell.
Lifestyle habits: Your ObGyn in Grapevine will ask you about stress, exercise, diet, and use of caffeine, tobacco, alcohol or recreational drugs. Your partner’s habits will also be discussed as his lifestyle might affect your fertility as a couple. There are activities you can do now – like exercise and eating well – that can increase your chances for a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Home and workplace environment: Your ObGyn in Grapevine will make sure you’re aware of all of the risks in your own environment so you can avoid them on your path to pregnancy.
Healthy choices now help ensure a healthy pregnancy later
When your ObGyn has a good picture of your health and environment, she will be able to discuss and recommend ways you can maintain and improve your health to prepare for pregnancy based on your individual situation. At Women’s Integrated Care, P.A. in Grapevine and Fort Worth, we advise all of our pre-pregnancy patients to:
- Track your menstrual cycles.
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin with 400-800 micrograms of folic acid.
- If weight is an issue, start healthy habits that can help you get closer to your ideal weight.
- Quit smoking and drinking alcohol and limit caffeine.
- Stop taking any medications that could be harmful to the pregnancy or the baby.
- Make sure your immunizations are up to date.
- Participate in regular, moderate exercise (at least three times per week.)
- Improve your diet – make sure you’re eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
As a part of our commitment to provide our patients with compassionate, women-centered healthcare, the Grapevine ObGyns at Women’s Integrated Care, P.A., are here when you’re ready to start thinking about building a family. Contact us to make an appointment to start a relationship with an ObGyn that you can trust.