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Before Pregnancy

You've made the decision. The planning has begun. It's time to start or grow your family. We're here to help.

You may have questions or are ready to establish a relationship with one of our obstetrician/gynecologists. We provide services ranging from general obstetrics to high-risk obstetrics and a full service clinical genetics program that is available for pre-conception consultation to provide you with important information before you become pregnant.

Even in the very early stages of pregnancy, a great deal of embryonic development has already occurred. The baby's organs are beginning to form by the time you find out that you are pregnant.

If you have any medical concerns or conditions, a pre-pregnancy checkup may be a good idea. We can help you assess and minimize risks associated with pregnancy and any existing medical conditions that could affect and/or be affected by pregnancy.

We encourage you to schedule an appointment to meet with your obstetric care provider if you have any questions about conceiving or maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Learn more: Planning for your pregnancy and what to expect during pregnancy »

How do I know if I'm pregnant?

A missed menstrual period is a common sign of a pregnancy. Other signs include spotting or a very light menstrual period, tender breasts, being tired, upset stomach or nausea, feeling bloated, frequent urination, and being moody. A urine test or blood test performed at a doctor's office is the best way to find out if you are pregnant. The hormones found in pregnancy can be detected through an office test sooner than you will feel any symptoms.

What if I'm having trouble conceiving?

Please talk to your doctor if you are trying to conceive and are concerned that it's taking longer than you expected. Our gynecologists can assist you with this concern and when more help is needed, will refer you to a highly skilled reproductive endrocrinologist.

Contact Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-0475

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