We know that the decision to expand your family is exciting but can raise a lot of questions. We are here to help provide answers and guidance along your pregnancy planning journey.
During this stage, we will work with you to focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to help increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Whether this is your first, second, or fifth baby, we are here to help you along the way.
As you begin the planning process, you’ll schedule an appointment with your provider—either a primary health care provider, an OB-GYN, or a midwife.
At this appointment, your provider will answer all your questions about fertility, pregnancy, and overall reproductive health.
Some common topics that may be addressed during your appointment are:
Topics covered during preconception appointments may vary among providers. If you feel that there are specific areas that have not been addressed, please feel free to ask questions about anything you’d like to learn more about.
Not sure what’s best for you? Every pregnancy is unique—which is why we offer a team of obstetricians and certified nurse midwives for you to choose from. Take this short quiz to find the fit that’s best for you and your pregnancy. At Spectrum Health, you have options to deliver your baby, your way.
When discussing your birthing center options with your provider, here are some key considerations to keep in mind:
We understand that planning a family may come with some fertility challenges. No matter what these challenges are, remember that you are not alone and that we are here to walk alongside you, providing support, solutions, and hope.
We recognize that planning a pregnancy can feel overwhelming on its own without the additional burden of financial concerns. We are committed to helping you in any way we can, including offering financial support and assistance to those who are eligible.
Remember, these questions only serve as a starting point for your self-reflection, allowing you to better understand your readiness and aspirations for starting a family. It is important for you to have an open and honest discussion with your partner and health care provider to make informed decisions that align with your values and goals.
Remember, these questions are just starting points, and you should feel free to ask any additional questions or express any concerns you may have during your appointment.
As part of your care during pregnancy, we encourage you to create a MyChart account.