I haven’t ever written a post before, but I just got married and we are thinking of starting trying to conceive some time this spring. I’m kind of a planner, so I have a few books about what to do BEFORE you get pregnant. They all suggest things like getting into shape, eating healthy starting three months in advance and going to the doctor for a preconception visit, to see if you have any health issues to take into account, etc. So, I figured, this is how you do it.
But the more I’ve talked to other people who have children, it kind of seems like nobody actually does that. When I asked my doctor (gynecologist, not an OB) about things to do to get ready to get pregnant, she basically said “take a prenatal vitamin and go off the pill”…though she did give me a pamphlet that mentions having a preconception visit. So that makes me wonder…what do people typically do to get ready?
What did you guys do? Those of you who did a preconception visit–how’d it go? Did your insurance cover it (when I tried to ask my insurance, they thought I was asking about infertility testing…..sigh…I just got that response today in the mail, so clearly I will have to actually call and ask someone in person)?
Also, random aside: I loved looking at ideas on weddingbee and other blog type website during wedding planning, but I’m having trouble finding baby-type sites. Any good ones you guys like?
Well when I got pregnant with my son I was in high school so it wasn’t planned but I doubt I would have done anything differently before planning. He turned out perfect and I didn’t even know I was pregnant for months. In fact my DH and I might start trying in a year or so and were just going to stop the POM and see what happens naturally. I won’t be changing anything else though until I actuallly get pregnant.
My hubby and I recently had a preconception appointment as we are currently ttc. Mine was covered by insurance I believe…just the regular copay. The appointment was fine, I got blood drawn to run a whole bunch of tests to see if I carry any random recessive genes or other diseases and was told to make sure that I take a multi-vitamin and have sex around ovulation. My doc also told me to go get my teeth cleaned and get a flu shot. I also had some other questions answered as I have pcos and don’t ovulate/have periods all that often. As for baby blogs/sites, I don’t really know of much. I lurk here quite a bit but that’s about it.
I asked my OB/GYN at my yearly appointment before we started TTC “what should I be doing now if we want to have a baby in a year or two?”. She told me take a prenatal vitamin, take fish oil, and eat plenty of protein. That was it.
I think unless you have a medical condition that may hinder your efforts, there’s no reason to have a preconception appointment; it would just be a waste of both your time and the doctor’s time.
Last time I was in for a yearly physical I mentioned to my doctor that we might be TTCing in a year or so. She gave me requistions for bloodwork to make sure everything is in order and for an ultrasound to make sure everything is good with my ovaries. We also discussed my weight and my thyroid condition in relation to pregnancy. It was helpful!
I had a preconception appointment with a midwife (where I get all my well woman care). I had been charting and taking prenatal vits for years.
Thanks everybody, this is super helpful!