"Am I ready for pregnancy ? Do I carry any unknown risks if I get pregnant ?"
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All couple / women should seek a prepregnancy consultation to assess their individualized risks should they get pregnant. This would help your obstetrician plan the for care your baby and you will need during the course of a pregnancy.
All women carry general risks.
The babies carry these risks in general:
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In addition to the risks above women / couple also have added individual risks. This risk would depend on personal, couple, social, environmental and familial factors.
The following factors would increase risks in specific ways:
Women with medical conditions are a specific group that require quality prepregnancy consultation. Medical disorders may affect pregnancy in various ways. The treatments necessary for control of disease may affect pregnancy in various ways. Unnecessarily stopping treatment may be harmful to both the mother and her unborn baby.
ALL MOTHERS WITH MEDICAL DISORDERS SHOULD HAVE A PREPREGNANCY ASSESSMENT PRIOR TO PREGNANCY.
The following measures could be then taken based the given condition and situation:
Even if therapy/condition cannot be optimized prior to pregnancy it is important that women / couples attend a formal prepregnancy consultation to understand the risks at stake and have a realistic expectation of their individualized risks.
Even if therapy/condition cannot be optimized prior to pregnancy, the high risk obstetrician will be able to assess the mother and baby with individualized care knowing the possible complications that can occur.
This is encouraged. Expert counselling will help couple go through a difficult situation/diagnosis/condition and eventually ensuring a safe pregnancy and healthy mother and baby.
Who should make an appointment for a prepregnancy consultation?
Ultimately it is always better to have a full check up prior to embarking on a pregnancy: