Akron Children’s Genetic Center provides preconception services for people interested in learning about their chance of having a baby with a birth defect or genetic condition before becoming pregnant. Genetic counselors can assess risks and discuss ways to improve the likelihood of having a healthy baby, such as taking a multivitamin containing folic acid before pregnancy. Read More...
A preconception visit to a healthcare provider is considered the most important prenatal care visit. That’s because many of a baby’s critical organs are developing before most women know they are pregnant.
When you wait to get care after you’re pregnant, you miss an important window of time when you can alter risks that may affect your health and the health of your baby.
Preconception care is for women who are not aware of risks but want to determine whether any risks are present. It is also for women who are aware of specific risks, but want to determine how to best minimize these risks.
Many health problems take years to develop, so it’s important you take a lifelong approach to establishing good behaviors that promote health.
Pregnancies have the best chances for a good outcome when they are planned and intended, but over half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Couples are encouraged to work together to establish a reproductive health plan, such as preparing themselves physically, emotionally and financially, and setting goals for the ideal time and circumstances for having a baby.
Women with a previous poor pregnancy outcome should get intensified care between pregnancies. Women are also advised to wait at least 2 years between pregnancies, which is optimal for both the mother’s and infant’s health.
To increase the chances of having a healthy baby, every woman should take these steps:
You and your partner may benefit from a preconception visit with a genetic counselor if you have concerns related to:
During your visit to Akron Children's Genetic Center, a genetic counselor will:
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