Pregnancy – what is a preconception doctor visit and is it necessary?

Planning on getting pregnant is a very exciting and miraculous part in a woman’s life.  When you decide that you are ready to have a baby, you are required to begin a process that would involve physical, emotional, and mental changes. You may need to assess your current situation both with your body and state of mind to help you prepare for this magical experience.

   A gynecologist will help you figure out what your choices are and what changes that you need to make to insure a safe pregnancy and a healthy delivery.

This is called a preconception visit.  During this visit, your doctor will talk to you about your thoughts on having a baby, your health history, and how you can improve on your overall health and well being before getting pregnant.

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A preconception visit is necessary because it gives you an opportunity to discuss with your doctor about starting an early prenatal care.  This visit also gives you a chance to talk about your health concerns, especially if you have or had a health condition that you think could affect your chances of becoming pregnant.  Such health conditions may be diabetes or high blood pressure.

During a usual preconception visit, your gynecologist will examine your medical history.  He or she will more likely check your immunity or resistance to chicken pox, rubella, or German measles.  This can be done by having a simple blood test.  It is very important to determine your immunity to Chicken pox and Rubella because they can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Your doctor may also ask a series of questions regarding your personal health history as well as the health history of your family members.  He/she may also need to talk with the potential father and ask about his health history and his family health history.  This will help your health care provider determine if genetic testing is needed.

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