Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Why Do I Need a Pre-Pregnancy Doctor’s Appointment?
Rosanna Gray-Swain, MD (OB/GYN)
When a woman comes to me to discuss getting pregnant, the first thing we need to talk about is maximizing her health BEFORE getting pregnant to make sure she and her baby will have the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. We want this to be a great experience, and sometimes that means doing a little work before getting started.
Here are some tips on how to get ready for a baby:
- Confirm any medications you are taking are safe in pregnancy
- Start prenatal vitamins with at least 400mg of folic acid
- Set preconception goals to achieve your ideal body weight before getting pregnant
- Address any outlying medical issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes and make sure they are under maximal control
- Review personal histories for prior pregnancies, surgeries or infections
- Review your menstrual cycle to make sure it looks like you are ovulating regularly (bring a menstrual chart to your visit)
- Do a brief inventory of your partner’s health and sexual performance; if it is a male, we need to make sure it seems like he is going to be able to get you pregnant, and if it is female partner, we need to talk about donor insemination
The best way to prepare for pregnancy is to talk to your OB/GYN.
Rosanna Gray Swain, MD, is a board-certified physician at West End OB/GYN. She is on staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
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