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Pre-Conceptional counseling is a session with your healthcare provider during which you will discuss many aspects of pregnancy and create a plan for a healthy pregnancy. Individuals who are at an increased risk of acquiring the sickness in question or having children with the condition being screened for are identified via genetic screening.

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Pre-Conceptional counseling checks the following:

- High blood pressure

- Diabetes

- Mental disorders

- Birth defects

- Any pre-existing medical conditions

- Any allergies

- Any medications you may currently be taking

- Any previous pregnancies

- Your menstrual history

- Use of contraception

- Vaginal infections

- Vaccination

- Checking your heart, lungs, breasts, thyroid, and abdomen

- Doing a pelvic exam

- Recording your weight

- Testing for hepatitis

- Complete blood count (CBC)

- Testing for thyroid issues

- Testing for HIV

Genetic screening checks the following:

- Relief from uncertainty 

- Help make informed decisions

- Eliminate unnecessary checkups

- Prevent and monitor genetic diseases

- Identify genetic disorder

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When should I make an appointment for pre-conception counseling?

You may need to make an appointment at least three months before you start trying to get pregnant.


Is there anything I can do to prepare for pre-conception counseling?

Maintaining weight, quitting smoking and drinking, taking vitamins, avoiding extra stress.


What is first-trimester screening?

This includes a test of the pregnant woman’s blood and an ultrasound test. These are usually done between 10-13 weeks of pregnancy.

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