Preconception Counseling Specialist

Signature Perinatal Center

Sasha Davidson, MD, FACOG

Perinatal Specialist located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Preconception counseling provides women with valuable information about any risk factors that may complicate pregnancy. Double board-certified OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist Sasha Davidson, MD, FACOG, offers preconception counseling at Signature Perinatal Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To take the first step toward better health for you and your baby, call or book an appointment online today.

Preconception Counseling

What is preconception counseling?

Preconception counseling is an opportunity for women to take steps toward a healthier, happier pregnancy. Before you get pregnant, Dr. Davidson works with you to identify risk factors and treat health problems that may affect pregnancy.

Planning for a successful pregnancy before conception helps you make the healthiest choices for you and your baby. Depending on your needs, Dr. Davidson may also recommend genetic counseling for you and your partner.

Who should get preconception counseling?

Preconception counseling is a smart choice for any woman planning to become pregnant. Many of your baby’s major organs and systems begin to develop in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. Your state of health and nutrition have a major effect on the development of your fetus during this vital time.  

At Signature Perinatal Center, Dr. Davidson works with many women who have been referred to her by their obstetricians. Your OB/GYN may refer you to Dr. Davidson if you have a high-risk pregnancy. This includes several factors, such as:

  • Being over age 35
  • History of preterm labor
  • Previous miscarriages
  • Health conditions such as diabetes

As a maternal-fetal specialist, Dr. Davidson collaborates closely with your obstetrician to ensure the best possible outcome.

Dr. Davidson uses Trice Imaging services to send ultrasound images of your baby directly to your email or smartphone. With your permission, she can also send these images directly to your other health care providers for seamless, collaborative care.

What should I expect from my preconception counseling visit?

During your preconception counseling appointment, Dr. Davidson listens carefully to your questions and concerns about pregnancy. She may ask questions about aspects of your health and lifestyle, such as:

  • Previous pregnancies
  • Contraceptive use
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Vaginal infections
  • Surgeries and hospitalizations
  • Allergies and pre-existing health conditions
  • Current medications
  • Family health history
  • Lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise
  • Home and workplace environment

She may also perform a physical and pelvic exam and order lab tests, including a Pap test or blood work.

Then, Dr. Davidson advises you on steps you can take to improve your health before you conceive. Depending on the results of your exam, she may recommend:

  • Taking a prenatal vitamin
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Quitting smoking or drinking
  • Updating immunizations
  • Avoiding stress

She may also advise you to stop taking any medications that may be harmful to you or your baby.

To get started on the path to a healthier, happier pregnancy, call Signature Perinatal Center or schedule an appointment online today.


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