What is a PreConception Check-up?

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When you and your partner decide that it is time to have a baby there are a few things you need to discuss with your doctor in order to ensure that you are healthy enough to carry a baby.

Being a first time parent you really have no idea what to expect during pregnancy, labor and beyond and the only person that can fully help you understand is your doctor so the best thing for you to do is to schedule a preconception checkup. Things you should discuss with your doctor during your preconception checkup are:

* Any and all concerns or questions you may have about trying to conceive, being pregnant and labor/delivery. Ask about timing your ovulation, prenatal care for you and your baby, healthy diet and more.

* Discuss your lifestyle and changes you may need to make like your current diet, medications you may be taking, smoking or drinking habits, etc.

* Discuss any illnesses, conditions and medications you may have or be taking and if any of the medications are safe to continue taking while pregnant. If you have an illness both you are your doctor need to be aware of all the risks involved for both you and your baby.

* Your doctor may perform an examination to make sure that everything is in good condition to carry a baby to full term.

* The doctor may check to see if you have had all the immunizations that you need in order to be healthy.

Your health, genetic history, personal lifestyle habits and more all play a role in your ability to have a happy, healthy and safe pregnancy. Talking to a doctor about pregnancy may be a little bit uncomfortable but to be comfortable during your pregnancy it is the best thing for you to do.

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