Family Planning Counseling
Preconception counseling is an essential recommended element in attaining the goal of a healthy pregnancy and birth outcome. Seeking out preconception counseling and making lifestyle changes can help you get ready for the challenges of becoming pregnant and carry that new life for the following months. It is recommended that you start taking a vitamin with at least 400mcg of Folic Acid before you start trying to conceive.
Most women don’t realize that they are pregnant until they are a few weeks along and this essential nutrient can help prevent birth defects during the critical first eight weeks of fetal formation. It is also recommended that you have your immunity for Rubella, Varicella (Chicken Pox) and Hepatitis B checked. If you are not immune to either Rubella or Varicella, you should receive these injections and wait three months before attempting conception. If you are not immune to Hepatitis B, you can receive the series at any time and no waiting period is required before you try to expand your family.