Preconception screening, also interchangeably referred to as pre-pregnancy planning in Singapore, is a service aimed at carefully assessing the health condition of prospective mothers. Preconception screening is not a fertility treatment but rather a screening to identify any risks or issues that may impact pregnancy outcomes.
Women in Singapore typically plan for pregnancy between the ages of 30-40 with more women attempting to conceive past 40 years of age. Attempts to conceive beyond the age of 35 (advanced maternal age) tend to be statistically affiliated with more pregnancy risks. A preconception screening provides you with the best chance of a successful pregnancy by:
There are a few stages to preconception screening, each with different objectives and expected outcomes.
Upon completion of the assessment, a detailed medical report along with a preconception plan will be provided.
Preconception screening is advantageous to prospective mothers as it:
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Preconception screening is particularly beneficial in treating:
Preconception screening provides prospective mothers with a sense of preparedness. The ability to take proactive measures if risks are identified is an empowering opportunity for many women. Additionally, one may also avoid negative outcomes and subsequent psychological distress by making informed choices and decisions based on your current health condition.
The choice of conceiving a child is momentous for many women. A preconception screening can be simply deduced as a protective and safety measure for your pregnancy journey.
For healthy women with no signs of risks, a one-off preconception screening session is sufficient. However, if risk factors are identified, you will be advised to execute dietary and lifestyle changes or consume medications (diabetic or hypertension medications) for a set period of time.
You will then be advised to return to the clinic to assess changes in your condition and fitness to conceive. A preconception screening is often a collaborative work between you and your gynaecologist with a shared objective of an eventual successful pregnancy.
A fertility assessment measures the fertility level of a woman and her chances of pregnancy. A preconception assessment is a baseline health check to assess the physical fitness and health conditions of women before pregnancy. Certain tests may overlap in these services.
The choice of conception is completely up to the patient. If you are not able to attain optimum health conditions, you may be required to undergo close monitoring during pregnancy. Certain medications may also be prescribed for the best pregnancy outcome. If any risks are present, you will be able to make informed decisions.