Periconceptual medicine is a burgeoning field in medicine. Doctors are now realising that the outcomes of pregnancy are largely determined around the time of conception. The focus is now on optimising early pregnancy and pre-pregnancy health.
Management of any pre-existing medical condition should also be reviewed before attempting pregnancy, be it through natural conception or artificial reproductive treatment.
Couples with family or known history of genetic conditions can be seen for pre pregnancy counselling and a discussion regarding IVF with pre implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).