Common issues in preconception care include family planning, achieving a healthy body weight, screening and treatment for infectious diseases, updating appropriate immunizations, and reviewing medications. Control of chronic diseases is essential for optimizing pregnancy outcomes.
If you have a chronic health condition or have had problems in past pregnancies, your Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist (MFM) will review your medical and pregnancy history and plan a proactive and safe strategy for your next pregnancy.
Under the care of an MFM, tests for genetic conditions may be conducted.
From past complications to underlying health conditions due to pregnancy loss to preterm birth, your MFM can address problems and suggest treatments to reduce the risk of your next pregnancy.
If you have health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, a heart condition, asthma or other conditions, pregnancy can exacerbate them. Your MFM can counsel you in regards to managing these conditions should you be considering pregnancy.
Being age 35 or older at the time you give birth increases your risk of chromosome problems, and it can double the risk of anatomic fetal abnormalities. We address the risk for chromosome anomalies with thorough genetic counseling.
Dr. Fausett and our exceptionally trained, caring Origin Health Maternal Fetal Care team will be by your side during every phase of your pregnancy journey.
1. Take 400 to 800 micrograms (400 to 800 mcg or 0.4 to 0.8 mg) of folic acid every day if you are planning or capable of pregnancy to lower your risk of some birth defects of the brain and spine, including spina bifida. All women need folic acid every day. Talk to your doctor about your folic acid needs.
2. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
3. If you have a medical condition, be sure it is under control. Some conditions that can affect pregnancy or be affected by it include asthma, diabetes, oral health, obesity, or epilepsy.
4. Talk to your doctor about any over-the-counter and prescription medicines you are using. These include dietary or herbal supplements. Be sure your vaccinations are up to date.
5. Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials that could cause infection at work and at home. Stay away from chemicals and cat or rodent feces.