Eight Questions to Ask Your Doctor before Getting Pregnant
Raymond Michael, MD
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:
- 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?
- How long do I need to be off of birth control before trying to become pregnant?
- How long does it take most couples to conceive?
- What should I do to get ready for pregnancy? Are there any lifestyle changes I should make?
- Are there any vaccinations or immunizations that I need before getting pregnant?
- Is it okay to continue taking my medication, either over-the-counter or prescription, while trying to conceive or when I become pregnant?
- What vitamins or supplements should I take while trying to get pregnant? When should I start taking them?
- Could my family health history affect my ability to conceive, my pregnancy or my future baby?