Preconception counseling is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. It can help ensure that you and your baby are as healthy as possible. There are many benefits to preconception counseling, with the most important being a safe and successful pregnancy.

What is Preconception Counseling?

Pre-conception counseling is when you meet with your OB/GYN to discuss your family health history and how it may impact your pregnancy. This is wise since certain health conditions can be passed down from generation to generation. For example, if you have a family history of diabetes, you may be at a higher risk for gestational diabetes.

You can also get advice on how to improve your overall health before getting pregnant to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. For example, if you are overweight, your OB/GYN may recommend losing weight before getting pregnant. Being overweight can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure during pregnancy which could affect your baby.

Benefits of Preconception Counseling

1) It addresses any potential problems that could occur during pregnancy. You and your OB/GYN can develop a plan to manage or avoid these potential complications.

2) Receive support and guidance throughout your entire pregnancy journey. Pregnancy is a huge life event and it is normal to feel scared or overwhelmed at times. However, with the help of your OB/GYN, you can navigate through this exciting time with ease.

3) Create a birth plan tailored to your specific needs. Doing this makes you more likely to have a successful pregnancy and delivery since it is a plan you are comfortable with and one that prepares your delivery team for any unique possible complications.

4) Reduce the risk of complications during childbirth. Preconception counseling is best suited for couples planning to conceive within the following year. However, even if you are not currently trying to get pregnant, it is never too early to start thinking about your future family.

Preparing for Preconception Counseling

Whether you are currently trying to get pregnant or plan to start within the next year, you should make an appointment with your OB/GYN for a preconception counseling consultation. Be prepared to talk about your family’s medical history, your lifestyle habits, and your OB/GYN history. It is important to be open and honest with doctors, even if certain subjects can be difficult to talk about, so they can effectively help you plan for pregnancy. Your doctors can also answer any questions you may have about conceiving and pregnancy.

Schedule a Consultation

Preconception counseling is an integral part of planning for a healthy pregnancy. If you are thinking about starting or expanding your family, give our office a call at 212-828-0900 or fill out an online form to schedule a consultation with board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Tepper.


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.