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Counseling during Pregnancy

Sometimes you may need counseling during pregnancy. You may need more information on medical or genetic conditions, diet, or management of your pregnancy. Depending on what information you need, you can get counseling from your primary healthcare provider, a medical specialist, a dietitian, a geneticist, or a mental health counselor.

Counseling can help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy. If you have a medical or genetic condition, it will help you learn more about the problem, its treatment, and the likely outcome.

Counseling should be considered in the following situations:

  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus, kidney disease, heart disease, or severe anemia. These conditions can worsen during pregnancy. They can affect both you and your baby unless you have careful treatment and close medical follow-up.
  • You have had problems before with pregnancies, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, early birth, pregnancy loss, or stillbirth.
  • You, the baby's father, or other members of your family have a history of birth defects or genetic problems, or
  • Your unborn baby has been diagnosed with a birth defect.

Find out as much as you can about the medical history of both sides of your family. Your counselor may request a copy of your medical record. And make sure that the baby's father is with you during counseling to provide information and ask questions. This will help you get the most out of your counseling session. It will help you make decisions about your care during your pregnancy.

Disclaimer: This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information provided is intended to be informative and educational and is not a replacement for professional medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.

HIA File preg5319.htm Release 13/2010

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