The importance of a pre-pregnancy screening visit
If you are planning to become pregnant, or even considering, it is a great time to visit your doctor for pre-pregnancy screening. It is also a good time to start taking prenatal vitamins, avoid alcohol and cigarette smoke, eat a healthy diet (with lots of fruits and vegetables) and make sure any medications that you might be taking are not dangerous in pregnancy.
I regularly meet with my patients for pre-conception counseling to review these important concepts and to optimize the environment for the development of a new baby.
A good time to screen for "recessive"conditions
It is a good time to perform expanded carrier screening for “recessive” conditions that you or your partner might carry, but are not affected with, to prevent the possibility of your child being affected. There are many recessive conditions but some examples include cystic fibrosis, polycystic kidney disease, severe combined immunodeficiency, thalassemia, muscular dystrophy and some causes or blindness or deafness. This screening can be performed at Next Generation or at your doctor’s office.
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Victoria Minior, MD
Dr. Minior is a perinatologist (also known as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist), which is an obstetrician/gynecologist with specialized training in obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound and high-risk pregnancies. Her office is located at 30 East 60th Street, Suite 1902New York, NY 10022.