mrsgroomzilla: Below is what I typed about for another thread, this was written 8 months ago:
Just wanted to tell the bees it was totally worth it for me. I’m 28, DH is 23 and we’re about 3 months out from starting TTC, so I decided to get a preconception checkup so I know I’m healthy going into it (No reason to think otherwise but just wanted to play it safe!)
Mostly we just talked (probably the longest I’ve ever chatted with a dr.) I had a chance to ask all sorts of questions (like timing of BD and how much does it matter, medications that are okay, whether DHA matters etc.) I found it very useful because i’d rather hear it from my own doctor that will be walking through this journey with me than read 15 conflicting opinions in books/online.
She did recommend taking prenatals (which I was already doing) and said the DHA can’t hurt so if I can find a brand I like, might as well, but if I can’t tolerate it, not a big deal. I’ve now tried two brands that are nasty fishy: target up and up fish oil, and the DHA pills in a sample pack I got at that appt..not of fan of either so I’m trying the target up and up prenatal DHA that’s non-fish. We’ll see!
Also got the basic prenatal labs/std testing (urine/bloodwork) they typically do at the first prenatal visit, and scheduled me for the basic genetic testing (optional, I did the nXt panel, which my insurance didn’t cover, but my dr’s office has a contract with progenity where whatever insurance covers, the dr office pays) and that was it! I wasn’t due for any physical exams, so I was clothed and sitting in a chair the whole time. A med student was with my dr and the tech asked before they came in of that was okay, which I was fine with. She actually added to our discussion too, as her class had recently discussed Mucinex as a fertility aid and I was wondering about that. I also learned a bit about how they schedule first prenatal appts.
Update 11/2/2014: So glad we did the genetic testing!
After I wrote this, we got our results for the nxT panel. This is a carrier screening for CF, SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) and Fragile X. I called into the office and got the results- CF carrier testing (negative), fragile X (negative) SMA carrier testing (positive!). I later learned that it’s a 1 in 35 chance of being a carrier for Caucasians. That was a shock to me and we immediately had DH tested…a couple weeks of nervous waiting and a negative result for him (my dr office assured me it was much less common for both partners to be carriers), which was a huge relief, but I would so much rather find all that out before TTC or once I’m already pregnant.
I’m on month #6 TTC and I’m still glad I did the preconception Appt. I have been charting, temping and using OPK’s for a few months (added one more thing every 2 months or so.). Those are helpful things but can be overwhelming to start all at once, especially when you’re starting out. I’d recommend charting menstrual cycle and cervical mucus for a couple months prior to TTC if you can (I was on BC right until we started trying), or for the first couple months TTC, then adding temping and opk’s a couple months in. We pulled the goalie in May, so started trying in June. If I’m not pregnant in June 2015 I’ll talk to my doctor. It’s totally normal for it to take 12 months!
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