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 Why do You Need a Preconception Visit

Why do You Need a Preconception Visit

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Congratulations on your decision to become pregnant and thinking of having a preconception checkup. A preconception visit involves a medical checkup before pregnancy to ensure that you are in good health before getting pregnant or to check whether your body is ready for pregnancy.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Know about the Benefits of Having a Preconception Visit

Here are some of the benefits of having a preconception checkup or visit:

  • Improves your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Helps you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
  • Will guide you when to stop using birth control measures if you are taking any.
  • Certain lifestyle choices such as drinking or smoking or medical conditions can reduce your chances of getting pregnant. A preconception visit will help

You need to schedule a preconception visit at least 3 months before getting pregnant. For capturing everything on your journey to motherhood, you can start maintaining a pregnancy diary.

you to keep such conditions under control to prevent health problems in you and your baby.

Things to Ask a Doctor during a Preconception Visit

Although your doctor will mention all the things you need to do before getting pregnant. The list below will help you to avoid any miss out.
During a preconception
visit, discuss with your doctor about the following things:

  • Health problems that run in your or your partner’s family
  • When can you start taking folic acid
  • Any vaccines that you may need to take prior to pregnancy
  • Screening tests, such as a Pap test, that you may need to take
  • Managing health problems, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, obesity, etc.
  • Medicines you are using, including over-the-counter and prescription medicines and supplements
  • Ways to reach a healthy weight
  • Ways to make healthy food choices and being physically active
  • Ways to care for your teeth and gums
  • Ways to reduce stress, quit smoking, and avoid alcohol and other illnesses
  • Earlier pregnancy problem including preterm birth1
  • Screenings for sexually transmitted infections including HIV

Making a note of these things will help you discuss with your doctor, and this way you will not miss out any.

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