Post # 1
My husband and I are planning to start actively TTC in four months. Would/did you make an appointment with your family doctor before TTC to discuss anything? I haven’t been to my family doctor in just over a year, and wasn’t sure if I should be making a pre-TTC appointment. I really hate going to the doctor (who does) and so I don’t want to go if I don’t have to (as in, until I need a theoretical future blood test to confirm pregnancy, or if it’s taking us an unusually long time to conceive).
I did have several rounds of blood testing done just over a year ago and am up-to-date on all my vaccinations. I’m of average height and weight and haven’t been on any medications for about three years (with the exception of a course of antibiotics).
So should I be making an appointment? If so, when? And what would we discuss?
On a side note, at what point do you go on pre-natals?
Post # 2
Probably no need to see a Dr before TTC unless you have outstanding health concerns. Get yourself the book Taking Charge of your Fertility and a Basal Thermometer and start tracking your cycles. You’ll be able to tell a lot about yourself by charting. If/when you ovulate, how long your Luteal phase is…etc. This will help you best time BD and testing, and also give you an indication of whether you may have issues.
Also, start taking prenatals now.
Post # 3
anonybee0810: Commenting to follow. I don’t have a regular dr. just my gyno so I’m curious as well. I started prenatals over a year ago mainly just because I found that I felt better and my skin was improved when I took them vs. not…
Post # 4
I did not go to my primary doctor. At my annual appointment with my ob-gyn, I told her we were going to start TTC. She told me to start taking prenatals, eat healthily to try to lose weight, avoid high mercury fish, and check back in if I wasn’t preggo in a year after TTC.
I would definitely make an appt if you have any genetic issues in your family that you were concerned about, or if you or DH has a health issue, but other than that, I don’t think it’s necessary to see your GP before TTC.
Post # 5
You don’t need to contact your doctor until you’re pregnant IMO. Just start taking the prenatals now.
Post # 6
i had my regular gp and regular gyn appt a few months before i started ttc. at my gp appt, they gave me the tdap shot. they said it was good for new mothers to have.
at my gyn appt, i just discussed some concerns i had.
but if you are healthy and don’t want to go, then don’t.
i do suggest you find an obgyn you like if you don’t already have one.
Post # 7
There isnt really a need to tell your dotctor you’re TTC unless you think there’s some kind of problem and you need guidance. Otherwise they’d just tell you, ok stop BC and good luck, take some prenatals.
I told mine during my regular check up one year, and she said just that, stop BC when you’re ready, take vits, and good luck. Then I mentioned it again the following year because i happen to be on like the 70-somethingth day since my last period so she did some blood work and scheduled some initial diganostics.
Post # 8
I saw my OB/GYN last week for a regular visit and told her we are going to start TTC later this year. She basically just told me to start prenatals w/ folic acid, and to have fun with it & not stress out. She went over my ovulation schedule with me and told me how to chart, when I’m most fertile, etc. She told me that it’s normal to not get pregnant right away so not to freak out, but if we still weren’t pregnant after trying for 3 straight months, we’d discuss it. She basically said there are no major lifestyle changes I need to make until it’s confirmed that I’m actually pregnant. I don’t have a primary physician established (moved here 2 years ago and just haven’t made time to do it), but I will be establishing one in the next few months, for this reason as well as a few others.
Post # 9
I don’t think you need to see a doctor unless you have some specific issues you’re worried about. Just start on some prenatals before you TTC.
I didn’t see mine before.
Post # 10
I saw my obgyn for a pre-pregnancy appointment about 1 month before we actually started trying. I would definitely recommend it especially if you dont already have a midwife or obgyn that you know and are comfortable with for your pregancy. At my appointment I got a pap smear to make sure everything was a-ok down there so if it wasnt it could be addressed before ttc, we talked about prenatals, discussed how to chart my temps for ovulation, checked my boobies for any lumps, and they checked my urine for anything unusual. Mainly just made sure i was in very healthy condition to start trying. I had already started prenatals 4 months prior…they say you shoud go on prenatals as soon as you think youll start trying within 3 months. I thought it was nice to get to know my dr before actually getting pregnant and making sure my body was in its best condition for my future little one. I am actually going to start ttc again for my second and I already made an appt with my midwife for a prepregnancy appt. I would definitely recommend it!
Post # 11
anonybee0810: I just mentioned at my yearly gyno exam that we were planning to start trying in the next few months and they gave me a little handout with advice and told me to start taking pre-natals or just folic acid. As for confriming pregnancy and all that- there are definitely different levels of care and you don’t need to be constantly going to the doctor unless you want to, or you have complications. I’m in the US but I’m getting all my care (I’m due July 24th) at a birth/midwifery center. I had my first appointment at 11.5 weeks (no immediate blood tests to “confirm” the pregnancy, but I did have blood work at that first appointment) and monthly appointments until 28 weeks, then every two weeks, then every week after 36 weeks. I’ve really liked the more “hands-off” care at the birth center, plus it is much cheaper (which is a nice bonus but not a good reason to choose a birth center). Good luck and happy TTCing!