A preconception evaluation is normally performed to identify the conditions that could affect a future pregnancy, but can be altered by early intervention to improve your medical health prior to conception.
This evaluation is important because a mother has to maintain a healthy body before planning to have a baby and many women do not find out that they are pregnant for some weeks, after they conceive. As the first few weeks after conception are crucial to the development of the fetus, any medical problem with the mother’s body can affect the pregnancy and possibly the child’s future health.
Preconception evaluation involves assessment of the family medical history, mother’s personal medical history to determine if there are any possible risks during pregnancy. This will also provide a basis for any further genetic testing that may be required. Your doctor will also conduct a physical examination and other pre-pregnancy checkups such as blood tests, infection screening, vaccination evaluation and nutrition assessment.