Family Health History

Your health care provider will ask about your family health history to see if any health conditions run in your family or your partner’s family.  Your health care provider can use this information to identify how it can affect your health and your baby’s health.  

A family history of birth defects, developmental disability, newborn screening disorder, or genetic disorders may make it more likely that your baby will have one of these conditions. Learning about your family health history can help you find and address potential health problems early. 

You might be referred to genetic counselling based on your family health history or for any of the following reasons:

The following checklist can help you prepare for your first preconception visit with your physician: