Post # 1
I don’t plan to have kids anytime soon, more like in about 3-4 years. Lately though I have been thinking about visiting my OB GYN after the wedding just to make sure that everything was ok, I mean I get my yearly exam and everything is fine.. I just want to make sure I don’t have two Uterus or anything LOL. Is this weird? Especially since I don’t plan to TTC anytime soon? I don’t plan to go on BC or anything like that so it’s not like I will be there to talk about that. I just don’t want to be surprised when I am actually TTC with any issues that might delay me getting pregnant.
Post # 3
I just got a new doctor after moving (changed provices to be with DH); and the doc asked me about our plans – I told her it would be another 2 years, but she’s already got me on some plan to ensure I’m in the best shape possible to conceive, carry and deliver.
Post # 4
I went a few months before TTC (which is now) and had an exam and a bunch of tests done. I think if you go for regular check ups, that 3-4 years is a little too early, so much can change in your body between now and then. My doc recommended we come in 3-6 months before TTC.
Post # 5
I went to the Dr. prior to TTC, but not before I wasn’t ready to. I guess you could if you wanted to, but I assume they would treat it like a regular appt. I wouldn’t assume any issues unless your family has a history of it, or you’ve had irregular periods or something like that. You’ll unnecessarily stress yourself out for the next couple of years.
Post # 6
If you visit your Dr regularly anyway and you’re 3-4 years out from TTC, I’d probably just wait until your next annual exam, and bring it up then, or when you schedule it. The only caveat is if you have an irregular cycle (very long or very short) or any symptoms of endometriosis or PCOS (long list, but generally very painful periods) – then you might want to try talking to the Dr sooner.
I’d also encourage charting your cycle if you want to learn more – check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. By taking your basal body temperature every morning and watching various other signs, you can learn if you’re ovulating or not, if you have a short luteal phase, low progesterone levels, etc. that can impact your ability to concieve. If you notice a problem while charting, you can then approach your Dr with that information.
Post # 7
I spoke to my doctor about this and (keep in mind i am in Australia, so things might be different down here…) he recommended switching to the progesterone only pill, as i am on progesterone and oestrogen at the moment as the progesterone (aka mini-pill) is much less disruptive and would allow me to start producing eggs and he recommended i do that about 6 months before we started trying.
Also, i would need to get by antibodies checked for a few different diseases incase booster vaccines were needed of like the measles, etc which are NOT good to have when you are pregnant.
Other than that he has just told me to keep healthy – lots of green veges, whole grains and plenty of exercise!
Post # 8
Normally I would say 3-4 years sounds too early to go in but if you’re not planning on using birth control then I think you should. Things like folic acid (VERY important) pretty much have to be up and going before you even know you’re pregnant.
Post # 9
I agree 3-4 yrs out..I would just bring it up at your regular visit, but definitely get things checked out when you are close to TTC. We did during my yearly, but 7 mos before TTC. I also went to my GP for an overall physical, and I’m so glad they did, bc they found some things in my bloodwork to work on (vitamins, etc.) I also had asthma, so I wanted to see how that was going, and luckily I was able to go off all my meds, woohoo!
Post # 10
I brought it up to my dr. about 2 years before I had planned to TTC. It turned out that there was a problem (large fibroid). I had to have major surgery and also had to move TTC up one year because of the possibility of recurrence.
So, I think you should just mention it at your next pap. Then s/he can check more thoroughly.
Post # 11
Actually I really, really hate doctors, especially for that, so unless if I absolutely HAVE to go, then I just wait it out. Don’t think horribly of me, but I am 6 months pregnant and I haven’t gone, not even once. I know my body and I know that the baby is fine. Women have been giving birth long before there was a such thing as doctors or meds, and I am just one of those. I plan on going to my first checkup this month since I am in my last trimester.
Post # 12
JennyChicago- Since you go in regularly for annual visits (pap, breast exam, etc.) then you probably don’t need an extra “pre-TTC” visit. You may want to start folic acid supplements or prenatal vitamins anyway though since you’re not planning to use hormonal birth control. Prenatals have the added benefit of making your hair and nails super healthy anyway.
iceprincess717- My intention is not to scare you, but you should be prepared to be labeled “high risk” since you didn’t get any prenatal care during your first 2 trimesters. Yes, you do know your body better than anyone else, but not all medical problems cause noticeable symptoms. Yes, women have been giving birth for millenia, but childbirth is still a leading cause of death in developing countries. I highly recommend midwifery care if you’re not into doctors. Midwives can provide care to healthy women and they tend to use less intervention than physicians.
Post # 13
I discussed pre-conception preparation with my doctor a year ago (he noticed my engagement ring at my annual exam) and he asked if we were planning on TTC after the wedding. He did some extra bloodwork, an ultrasound, and a CT scan (the CT is because I have a history of tumour growth). He did this all just to make sure there was nothing to take care of in advance. He also had me start taking prenatal vitamins at that time, to prepare my body and correct any vitamin/mineral deficiencies I may have.
I will go back in a few weeks for my annual exam, more bloodwork etc since I am going off of birth control right after the wedding.