Advanced Perinatal Associates
OBGYN located in Manalapan, NJ & Little Silver, NJ
Preconception counseling gives you the information and resources you need to plan a successful pregnancy. At Advanced Perinatal Associates, with two offices in Manalapan and Little Silver, New Jersey, the team of professionals led by Paul Matta, DO, offers compassionate personalized preconception counseling to help you plan ahead with confidence. Call the office nearest you or click on the online scheduling tool now.
Preconception Counseling Q & A
What is preconception counseling?
Preconception counseling is a group of services focused on planning for a healthy pregnancy. By evaluating your overall health in detail prior to conceiving, you can learn about potential problems. Then, you can take the necessary steps to decrease your risk of pregnancy-related complications and significantly increase the odds of a healthy pregnancy.
Who should have preconception counseling?
Anyone can benefit from preconception counseling. This type of counseling can give you a clear picture of your health, and it can also unearth problems you weren't aware of. Preconception counseling allows you to take action before a controllable problem affects you or your baby.
Preconception counseling is particularly important for women who have a genetic condition or chronic disease, as it can tell you how it may affect conception and pregnancy.
What happens during preconception counseling?
Preconception counseling can include a very wide range of tests, treatments, and counseling. The Advanced Perinatal Associates team customizes your preconception counseling to your unique individual needs.
You work with Dr. Matta and the whole experienced team to maximize your health and wellness as you prepare for conception and pregnancy. Common preconception counseling services include:
- Physical exam
- Medical history review
- Family medical history review
- Disease screenings (diabetes and other chronic conditions)
- Pap smear
- Sexually transmitted disease tests
- Lab tests, such as complete blood count
- Ovulation tracking advice
- Genetic counseling to assess the risk of birth defects or genetic conditions
Based on your test results and risk factors, the Advanced Perinatal Associates team may recommend updating your immunizations, starting prenatal supplements, losing weight, changing your diet, or other measures.
These steps can all help you achieve optimal health, which lays the groundwork for a healthy pregnancy.
When should I start preconception counseling?
Book your first preconception counseling appointment at least three months before you start trying to conceive. It's important to start counseling well ahead of actually getting pregnant because some physical changes may take time to implement.
If you're planning to try for a baby in the near future, preconception counseling is the best way to prepare for this special journey. Call Advanced Perinatal Associates or click on the online appointment scheduling tool for help now.