First meeting w/OBGYN pre-TTC

posted 4 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
3035 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

hawkeyebride2be :  All my ob did was say take prenatal get off bc and have a lot of sex. LOL. 

Post # 3
1030 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

hawkeyebride2be :  they will likely test your immune status to things like rubella. If you aren’t immune, they will recommend getting vaccinations up to date prior to TTC. Other than that, they will probably just counsel you on healthy lifestyle and recommend a prenatal vitamin, that kind of thing. Good luck!

Post # 5
5781 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park

I asked my doc on my last visit as we had planned to TTC earlier than what ended up happening. She game me the same advice as PP and handed me a bunch of samples of prenatals.

Post # 6
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My OBGYN won’t do any sort of testing until we’ve been trying for 6 months to a year without conceiving. She told me, “Take prenatals and start trying!” So that’s what we’re doing. But it could vary from each doctor!  

Post # 7
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My last annual Gyn appt was a month after our wedding. We are still waiting a couple of months before TTC, but my NP gave me a run-down in case we decided to start sooner/before my next regular appointment. Basically, start a pre-natal a month prior to stopping BC, continue with healthy diet/exercise, have sex. Make an appointment if no BFP after 1 year of trying. I suppose if your exam was abnormal they might want to run other tests, but my Pap was good, and she had no concerns that day in the office so we got the green light to go ahead when we’re ready.

Post # 8
2500 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Pretty much they tell you to take a prenatal and go to town.  They will give you a regular exam too- but no different than what you’ve probably had since you were 15.  It sounds like you are under 35, so they won’t test you or your husband for fertility unless you’ve been actively TTC for a year or more with no success.  There are some genetic tests available if you are concerned that you and/or your husband might be carriers for a disease you’d rather not pass on.  They are generally costly, and insurances don’t always cover them- so it isn’t something that everyone does.  

I would chart your period so you know when to expect it/ when to test (plus it is important for predicting due date once you are pregnant), but I would probably avoid OPKs and temping at the beginning.  They can cause more stress and can take the fun out of- so I would just see what happens for a few months first.  I never had luck with temping, and the only OPKs that gave me accurate/easy to read results were the clearblue digital.  They are great if you need them, but they are expensive, and you may not need them at all.

It seems like such a huge deal that there should be lots of medical intervention- but for most women that really isn’t neccessary.  There isn’t a whole lot they do before you TTC, and even after you get pregnant most doctors won’t even see you until a month or so after your BFP unless there are special concerns.  It seems crazy, but there really isn’t a whole lot they can do until the baby is further along. Just take care of yourself- eat healthy, drink a lot of water, exercise some, sleep, and take your prenatal

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