Preconception Counseling Planning a pregnancy? It’s important to schedule a visit with an OB/GYN for a preconception visit. It’s best to be in good physical condition and begin pregnancy as healthy as possible. It is recommended that women take a multivitamin containing folic acid during childbearing years. Folic acid can help prevent birth defects. Based on your family or pregnancy history, your physician may recommend screening tests to detect genetic abnormalities such as sickle cell or cystic fibrosis. If you are considering a pregnancy, call our office at 828-322-4140 to schedule an appointment for preconception counseling. You’ll be glad you did! For further information about planning your pregnancy, please see the ACOG patient information about Preconception Care. There is also an Ovulation Calculator available on the WebMD web site to help you determine your ovulation days.