(Closed) Are preconception doctor visits a must?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m studying to be a nutritionist.  I’ve learned that the majority of women are deficient in Vitamin D, and it may be useful to have a blood test to check your status before getting pregnant.  Same goes with iron.

You probably already know about taking a 600mcg folic acid supplement daily.  This vitamin is included in pre-natal supplements, but should also be taken by women of child-bearing age or who plan to become pregnant.  The reason for this is that folic acid supplementation can help prevent neural tube defects, which arise in the first 4 weeks of pregnancy, before most women know they are pregant.

Congratulations on this exciting step in your life!

 

Post # 4
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve never even heard of that.  I would just make sure you are taking a multivitamin so you are getting enough folic acid.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes, my Ob/GYN really, really encourages her paitents to come in 4-6 months beforehand to do a workup like what is described above, plus to do some genetic screening just to assess your risks for carrying on certain diseases (for example, i’m of scandinavian origin, so they like to screen for cystic fibrosis genes, and my husband is Jewish, so that comes with its own set of possible genetic diseases. It’ also important to know your Rh factor, and to really know what personal risks you’re taking on when becoming pregnant. If you haven’t had a physical in a while, you may not know if you have high blood pressure, are at risk for diabetes, etc until they do a pre-screen – and those are really critical things to know before you become pregnant. I would not try to conceive before doing the screen myself.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

a lot of people don’t, but i think it’s better when people do. i would also suggest you make one with your dentist. you can get yourself in tip top, baby makin condition! it’s good to have all of your vaccines/dental work done before because they impact the health of a fetus & a lot of it can’t be done while pregnant. they can also give you a script for prenatals or you could just pick some up to take on your own. happy baby makin!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

They also do a blood test to figure out what diseases that your vaccine has worn off.  I went and found I needed a vaccine shot for Measles, and my tetnus shot was not up to date.  You need to have the antibodies in your blood for a month PRIOR TTC. 

I would definitely do it.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree with above posters on making sure you’re up to date on vaccines and getting the folic acid.  The amount in a daily multivitamin is usually less than half what’s recommended for women TTC.  It’s also a good opportunity to make sure nothing else is wrong, and you should be seeing a doctor at least annually anyway, so hopefully it’s not too inconvenient.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did not have a formal Pre Conception visit before I got pregnant.  I did have a regular physical about half year before and mentioned I may start trying before my next physical.  She just recommended that I start taking a women’s multivitamin, which I did.  A pre conception visit would be good for peace of mind, but unless you know you’re high risk (over 35, pre-existing medical condition, family history of fertility or genetic disorders) I don’t think it’s always absolutely necessary

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