Preconception counseling generally includes risk assessment for potential complications during pregnancy, as well as the changes that you can make to diminish your risk factors, such as increasing folic acid intake, cessation of harmful habits such as smoking and drinking, and management of medications that could compromise your baby’s development.
Why consider preconception screening?
Preconception screening can identify factors that could negatively affect your health or your pregnancy. A general history, including family history and laboratory testing, are essential to identify potential issues, which may need to be addressed prior to becoming pregnant.
A routine prenatal screen includes testing for anemia, blood type and infectious diseases. Based on your medical history and ethnic background, additional tests may be recommended.
The routine panel includes: a complete blood count (CBC), blood type and screen, testing for immunity to rubella and varicella (if you have never had chickenpox), and hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis infection testing.
During The Preconception Screening, Both Partners Are Tested For:
- Hepatitis B& C
- Rubella IgM, IgG
- Routine Blood Studies
- RH Typing
- Complete Blood Count : Hemoglopin to rule out Anaemia