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Preconception Counseling

Helping You Plan For A Healthy Pregnancy

Our staff at Brunswick Hills is here to help guide you through this journey. Welcome to the first step of planning for a healthy pregnancy. We have a team of providers and specialists on site including maternal fetal medicine physicians, genetic counselors, and dietitians that can assist you with preparing for pregnancy.

Our services include:

Preconception screening to find out if you and/or your partner carry a specific gene mutation that may be passed onto your children. Expanded carrier screening is a blood test that can be performed which will determine if you and your partner may be a carrier for a genetic condition which could occur in your future child. Please see handout on expanded carrier screen.

We will also perform blood work to see if you are at risk for hemophilia, inheritable clotting disorders,
sickle cell anemia and thalassemias.

Genetic counseling to help you and your partner understand your reproductive options. Common reasons for genetic counseling are:

  • Maternal age of 35 at delivery (33, if twins)
  • Paternal age of at least 45 at delivery
  • Carrier of a genetic condition
  • Family history of birth defects, genetic condition, autism, developmental delay {on either mother’s
    and/or father’s side}
  • Difficulty getting pregnant or have had multiple miscarriages
  • Ethnic background (e.g. Jewish, African American, French Canadian) in which some
    genetic diseases are more prevalent
  • Medication usage and how it will impact your pregnancy

At your visit we will discuss:

Medications
  • Taking certain medications can cause serious birth defects. These include some prescription and over- the-counter medications and dietary or herbal supplements.
  • If you are planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the need for any medication with our providers before becoming pregnant and make sure you are taking only those medications that are necessary.
Vaccinations (Shots)
  • Some vaccinations are recommended before you become pregnant, during pregnancy, or right after delivery. Having the right vaccinations at the right time can help keep you healthy and help keep your baby from getting very sick or having lifelong health problems.
Folic Acid Usage
  • Folic acid is a B vitamin. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body at least three months before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. We recommend taking 400 Micrograms of Folic Acid Every Day [unless a larger dose is recommended by one of our providers].
Substance Abuse
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol, and using street drugs can cause many problems during pregnancy for a woman and her baby—such as premature birth, birth defects, and infant death.
  • If you are trying to get pregnant and have substance abuse issues—seek help! Counseling services are available.
Toxic Substances and Environmental Contaminants
  • Avoid toxic substances, environmental contaminants, and other harmful materials at work or at home, such as synthetic chemicals, metals, fertilizer, cat, bird and/or rodent feces. These substances can hurt the reproductive systems of men and women. They can make it more difficult to get pregnant. Exposure to even small amounts during pregnancy, infancy, childhood, or puberty can lead to diseases. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from toxic substances at work and at home.

Contact Us

Two Convenient Locations

East Brunswick

620 Cranbury Road, LL Suite #90
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Tel: 732-257-0081
Fax: 732-613-4845

Patient Liaison:
Debbie Moore, extension 1012

Location

Hillsborough

751 Route 206, 2nd Floor
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Tel: 908-725-2510
Fax: 908-725-2132

Patient Liaison:
Millie Docherty, extension 1105

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