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Pre-Conception Counseling

If you are thinking about having a baby, it’s best to consult with a doctor at least three months before you begin trying to get pregnant. An experienced pregnancy doctor can help you avoid complications that can arise during pregnancy due to existing conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Your doctor can also help you put together a plan that will lower the risk of birth defects and even pre-term births.

Women who aren’t planning to have a child, but are sexually active, might also want to consider preconception medicine in the event that an unexpected pregnancy occurs.

Lifestyle Changes

The first step in preconception medicine is to assess aspects of your lifestyle that could lead to an unhealthy pregnancy. During these consultations, your doctor may address negative habits such as drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking cigarettes.

Your doctor may also analyze your weight to help recommend nutrition and exercise plans that will get your body into the right condition before you try to conceive.

Medical Treatment

Some preexisting medical conditions could lead to complications during pregnancy. These will need to be addressed as well. Some of them may include:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Oral health
  • Obesity
  • Epilepsy

Your doctor will review your medical history to ensure that your vaccinations are up to date and discuss any medications or over the counter supplements you may be taking.

Your doctor may also recommend a pap test to study the cells in your cervix as well as health screenings to identify any sexually transmitted diseases you may have. Any of these conditions could potentially impact your health and the health of your baby.


If you are over the age of 35, have had two or more miscarriages or you have a family history of complications during or after pregnancy, we may recommend genetic counseling. Your doctor may review your genetic background including traits you may have inherited from your parents as well as conditions that may be related to your ethnic background.

Taking the steps to understand your unique genetic make-up can lower the risk of birth defects and lead to a healthier pregnancy for both you and your child.

Dear Patient,

Due to the high call volume, we are asking that only emergent issues contact our office. For all other inquires please use the Patient Portal as we will respond quicker. This is the fastest way for you to communicate with your provider.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of all the members of our community, there by adhering to CDC recommendations. In so doing, for the protection of patients and staff we are allowing ONLY PATIENTS to enter the office. NO visitors or children at this time.

Due the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we are rescheduling patient’s routine appointments (i.e. Well Women Exam, Ultrasound, Mammography, Bone Density (DEXA)). Please do not call us, as we are inundated by phone calls, we will call you.

All OB patients we ask that you keep your appointment as scheduled, unless you feel ill. Our Triage Nurses are available by phone for your convenience.

In Good Health,
OCWMG Physicians