Preconception Counseling Specialist

Smita Biswas, MD

OBGYN located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

Preconception counseling can help you get organized and feel more prepared for your planned pregnancy. At her two private practices in Midtown East, New York City, and Flushing, Queens, New York, knowledgeable OB/GYN Smita Biswas, MD, offers valuable preconception counseling to promote and encourage a healthy pregnancy and enhance your general health and wellness. Plan ahead with quality, personalized, and empathic medical support and call Smita Biswas, MD, or schedule online today.

Preconception Counseling Q & A

What is preconception counseling?

Preconception counseling is centered around promoting and encouraging a healthy pregnancy. It involves assessing your general health before you become pregnant. During your visit, Dr. Biswas counsels you on minimizing health risks and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to increase your chances of delivering a healthy baby.

You can increase your chances of getting pregnant if you’re in good health and preconception counseling is a great way to improve your health in the time leading up to conception.

For some women, it can take several months to get their body ready for pregnancy. Ideally, Dr. Biswas would like to see you around 6-9 months before your planned pregnancy.

Why should I choose preconception counseling?

You might choose preconception counseling if you want to find out how a condition like epilepsy or diabetes can affect your pregnancy or if you’re having difficulty getting pregnant.

You might also choose preconception counseling if there’s a risk you could pass on a genetic condition, such as sickle cell disease, to your baby.

Preconception counseling is beneficial for all pregnant mothers.

What does preconception counseling involve?

Preconception counseling might involve a number of services, treatments, tests, and discussions. 

Dr. Biswas might suggest screening you for health and mental conditions that can affect pregnancy, such as: 

  • Pregestational diabetes
  • Chronic high blood pressure
  • Thyroid issues
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Thrombophilia (clotting disorder)

Your preconception counseling might involve:

  • A physical exam, including your thyroid, a pelvic exam, weight, or blood pressure
  • Lab testing
  • Charting menstrual cycles and fertility awareness
  • Updating immunizations

Dr. Biswas might suggest you start taking prenatal vitamins, depending on when you want to become pregnant. 

Dr. Biswas helps you prevent pregnancy complications by educating you on how to avoid toxicity in your environment and live a healthier lifestyle with optimal nutrition, exercise, and stress management. 

If you’re overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of numerous conditions, including complications during pregnancy, heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. Dr. Biswas can also help you achieve a healthier weight.

If needed, Dr. Biswas might recommend genetic counseling.

Dr. Biswas also focuses on your mental health and quality of life, so you have a good positive outlook and value your needs before, during, and after your pregnancy.

For quality preconception counseling during this special and important time, call Smita Biswas, MD, or schedule online today.