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Eight Questions to Ask Your Doctor before Getting Pregnant

Raymond Michael, MD
ACMC-Marshall, Obstetrics/Gynecology

You're thinking about having a baby! Have you made an appointment with your doctor for a preconception check-up? A pre-pregnancy visit to the doctor's office is a smart move for anyone trying to have a baby, particularly for first-time moms or those with underlying health concerns. But what do you need to know?

These are common questions all moms-to-be should consider asking:

  1. How could my medical conditions (be sure to share any pre-existing conditions you may have) have an effect on my ability to get pregnant or my pregnancy?
  2. How long do I need to be off of birth control before trying to become pregnant?
  3. How long does it take most couples to conceive?
  4. What should I do to get ready for pregnancy? Are there any lifestyle changes I should make?
  5. Are there any vaccinations or immunizations that I need before getting pregnant?
  6. Is it okay to continue taking my medication, either over-the-counter or prescription, while trying to conceive or when I become pregnant?
  7. What vitamins or supplements should I take while trying to get pregnant? When should I start taking them?
  8. Could my family health history affect my ability to conceive, my pregnancy or my future baby?

Even if having a baby is a distant thought, you can still talk to your doctor about pregnancy at anytime. Trying to get pregnant can be stressful for some, but a visit with your doctor can help ease your concerns so you can enjoy your pregnancy journey from start to baby.