As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, Dr. Colin Walsh frequently sees couples for pre-pregnancy counselling and helps them achieve an uncomplicated pregnancy. Most women will not require a pre-pregnancy consultation but should be seen by their obstetrician during the 1st trimester. Women who are at higher risk may benefit from a pre-pregnancy visit, to discuss any risk factors and create an individualised antenatal care plan. This includes:
This is an important consultation and we recommend that, if possible, women attend with their partners. We are happy to see any couple for pre-pregnancy counselling, even if they simply want extra peace of mind prior to conceiving.
The best way to achieve a healthy pregnancy is to be healthy yourself at the time of conception. Most women discover they are pregnant when they are already 4-6 weeks along (when they miss a period) but the initial few weeks of pregnancy is the critical stage for fetal development. Therefore it is recommended that women adopt as healthy a lifestyle as possible in the months prior to conceiving.