When planning to start a family, the journey to parenthood can often feel like navigating uncharted waters. With so many factors affecting both conception and pregnancy, it’s crucial to be as prepared as possible. This is where preconception counseling plays a vital role. Preconception counseling can significantly increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Learn more about how preconception counseling at Alex Tepper OBGYN can smooth the path to parenthood.

What is Preconception Counseling?

Preconception counseling is a health evaluation that serves to prepare a woman, and often her partner, for the healthiest possible pregnancy. It typically involves a detailed assessment by a healthcare provider to discuss medical history, current health issues, and lifestyle factors that could impact pregnancy. This counseling aims to identify, modify, and mitigate risks through prevention and management techniques by focusing on the overall health of the parent-to-be.

Benefits of Preconception Counseling

Risk Assessment

One of the primary benefits of preconception counseling is the early identification of potential health risks. Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and sexually transmitted infections can affect pregnancy outcomes. Early identification allows for management strategies to be put in place before conception and reduce complications during pregnancy.

Fertility Awareness

Couples often face challenges when trying to conceive, and many are unaware of the factors that could be affecting their fertility. Through preconception counseling, couples can gain insights into their fertility status and receive guidance on optimal timing and frequency of intercourse to increase the likelihood of conception.

Lifestyle Modifications

Lifestyle choices have a significant impact on pregnancy. During preconception counseling, healthcare providers can offer advice on nutrition, exercise, and harmful habits like smoking and alcohol use. Tailoring these factors to suit individual needs can significantly improve pregnancy outcomes.

Genetic Screening

Genetic counseling is often a part of preconception care, especially for couples with a history of genetic disorders. Screening can identify potential genetic conditions that could affect the child, providing crucial information for family planning decisions.

Medication Management

For those on medications, preconception counseling can help adjust or change prescriptions that might be harmful during pregnancy. This ensures that both the mother’s and fetus’s health are safeguarded.

Emotional and Mental Health Support

The journey to becoming a parent can be emotional. Preconception counseling also addresses mental health, providing support and resources to ensure prospective parents are emotionally prepared for the changes pregnancy and parenthood brings.

Schedule a Consultation

Addressing health concerns, lifestyle factors, and potential risks before pregnancy can ensure a smoother and healthier pregnancy. If you’re considering starting a family, make preconception counseling your first step on the journey to parenthood. This step can make all the difference in ensuring the health and well-being of both you and your future baby. Fill out an online contact form to schedule a consultation with Alex Tepper, OBGYN, in New York today for more information.


Whether you are a new or returning patient, Dr. Tepper can assess your concerns and discuss your options to find the most comfortable and convenient care for you. To get started, call our office to set up an appointment.