(Closed) Did you make a preconception appointment?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Did you have/Will you make a preconception appointment with your OB?
    Yes! I learned a lot. : (20 votes)
    23 %
    Yes! It wasn't very helpful. : (20 votes)
    23 %
    Yes, but it was with my family doc, not an OB. : (12 votes)
    14 %
    No I didn't. : (35 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 3
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I mentioned to my doctor last physical that I thought we would be trying in the next year or two and he said make an appointment. I am def planning on doing so, though when I spoke with him last he just gave simple info about prenatals.  I think it is important since there are many vaccines that pregnant women can’t take, and that they want you to get at least a month or so before.  

    Post # 5
    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I just asked my OB/GYN at my previous yearly exam before we were TTC if there was anything I needed to know or do. She said (1) prenatal vitamins, (2) fish oil, (3) eat plenty of meat/protein.

    I don’t think preconception appointments are worthwhile unless you or your SO have underlying health issues that you think will interfer with getting pregnant.

    Post # 7
    2416 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Make an appt if you want…but if your prepping eat well, cut down on alcohol and take prenatal vitamins!

    Post # 9
    1104 posts
    Bumble bee

    I just mentioned it when I was at the (regular) doctor for something else, about 6 months before we were planning to TTC. She got me to do a blood test to make sure my vaccines were up to date and I didn’t have any nasty diseases, and told me to start taking folate supplements as soon as pregnancy became a possibility. I don’t know if I’d make a special trip unless I had any real concerns, but if you’re there for another issue it’s a good chance to mention it.

    Post # 10
    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I brought it up at my yearly visit with my gyn to see if there was anything I needed to do or should be doing before. She gave me some info about getting PG (I haven’t read it yet but mostly timing, I think) and said to keep taking my Women’s One a Day or a prenatal if I wanted to. We also talked about which medicines I should avoid when the time comes (I take a lot of different things for headaches, but nothing serious). 

    So, yeah, I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to do it but since I was going anyway and I knew we wanted to TTC in the next year, it made sense.

    Post # 11
    1263 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    About a year before TTC, I had my annual GYN appt.  I asked my doctor if I needed to make a pre-conception appt.  She just said no – just to start taking prenatals and to go off my BCP when we were ready to TTC.

    Post # 12
    2027 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @winniewolf:  Same here. Just asked at my annual, and was told to go on Prenatals and get off BC three months prior to trying. 

    Post # 14
    643 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    I made one and my doc thought it was a little odd. So clearly they don’t get a lot of them. She was very sweet and we talked about a few things, but I don’t think it was necessary. My recommendation would be to just talk to your OB/Gyn at your annual appointment and ask what you would need to do if you wanted to start TTC before your next annual appointment. 

    I did a lot of research on my own, so I felt like I already knew all of the things that she told me (start taking prenatals immediately, at least 3 months prior to TTC, workout, eat well, etc etc etc). I did have some questions about vaccinations, but I ended up not doing any testing because it wasn’t covered by insurance prior to getting pregnant.

    So overall, she didn’t tell me a lot, but I felt better after going!

    Post # 15
    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

    I just had a pre-conception appointment this morning! I looked around at various local OBs and found one that offered pre-conception appointments (not many do). 

    I’ve done all of my previous pap smears through my regular physician, so I also wanted to establish a relationship with a regular OB/GYN. 

    We didn’t have any pressing medical issues that were concerning me, but the doctor did a full blood panel, urine analysis, and Darling Husband and I both got the DTaP vaccine – Diphtheria,tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) all at my request. I’m also Jewish, so I asked them to do the genetic screening that is common for Ashkenazic Jews who are prone to some specific genetic abnormalities. 

    I had him look at the bottle of prenatals I’ve been taking, because I wanted to make sure he thought the ones I was taking were good (his answer was yes for the time being – until we get pregnant, then I would need to switch to another kind). 

    I practice hot yoga, and I wanted his opinion on whether or not I should continue doing yoga in a hot room. (He said it was okay for now, but to switch to regular temperature yoga once confirmed pregnant)

    Darling Husband has a bit of a drinking problem, so hearing from a doctor that lots of drinking lowers sperm count and effects his abilities as a father was really eye opening. So, I’m glad he was there to hear that form an actual doctor.

    Overall, totally glad we went! 

    Post # 16
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    I just talked to my OB at my regular appointment. She did a blood screen (some ethnicities have higher rates of certain genetic conditions) – if I had turned up positive for any, my husband would have had a workup done too.  Other than that, we just discussed going off the pill (which boiled down to: stop taking it after my next period) and any diet concerns (she mostly wanted to make sure I didn’t eat a lot of tuna). 

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