Post # 1
Has anyone had a pre-conception visit before ttc? We’re planning on starting to ttc (for our second baby) in January after our wedding, and a friend had mentioned that to me. I have IBS and although I’ve weaned off the meds, she thought I might want to speak to doctor about managing it and if there is any meds I can take in case of a flareup.
Post # 3
I’m also wondering if I should have a pre appt and how soon before TTC but this will be our first. Hope others can help!
Post # 4
@JacobsMama: my doctor went over most stuff during my first appt after i found out i was preg. i’d say start popping prenatals and wait, but that’s me.
Post # 5
@mamadingdong: I actually already am taking prenatals. 🙂 I never stopped taking them after I had our son.
Post # 6
@JacobsMama: I’m actually having one next month. I’m due for my yearly anyway but plan on discussing TTC with my doctor while I’m there.
Post # 7
@JacobsMama: I had a pre-conception appointment 3 months prior to ttc. I’m really really glad I did because it not only gave me a lot of information on how best to conceive, but it gave me peace of mind that I was giving my future baby the very best start. It’s always good to cover your bases, even if it’s just for a general physical to make sure there aren’t any concerns or questions you have before getting to it so to speak. We have an 8 month old baby boy now, and I look back and am really proud of myself for being as proactive as possible when it came to his care, even when he was just a twinkle in his father’s eye!
Post # 8
I had one but it turned into an infertility discussion. She did mention genetic tests but we didnt feel the need to do them that was about the extent of it. It’s not really nesasary if you have regular check ups and nothing wrong but if you have questions it’s not going to hurt. I’d talk to the prescribing doctor about your meds. Your obgyn won’t know your history or much about your condition to be able to advise you that way.
Post # 9
I had a pre-conception appointment which involved the standard pap smear, as well as blood tests to check my immunity for various infectious diseases (specifically measles and that sort of thing I think). Sometimes they recommend that if you don’t have the antibodies that you get re-immunised. Luckily I was all good. They also did full blood count, and found that my red blood cells were low, which was likely due to low iron. They also tested for thyroid, immune function, and various other things I didn’t quite understand. Luckily the pre-natal vitamins took care of the low iron, and my last blood test showed that the levels were up to normal. None of that is actually necessary but it was good to do anyway. Better to find out before if there is anything wrong that might need special attention. Things like thyroid problems, blood sugar, blood pressure, iron levels and so on need to be managed through pregnancy so if you know right away that might be a problem, you’ll be able to better work with your OB. That was my feeling about it anyway.
We haven’t done any fertility testing. On that side of things, we’re seeing how we go first. Hopefully that won’t be an issue, but we’ll cross that bridge if necessary.