(Closed) How early is a pre-conception appointment recommended?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Good question, we’ll be TTC within in the year and definitely want to know.  Just posting so I can look back at other Bees responses.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I saw my doc recently for a physical and just mentioned it – he said there’s nothing to do other than stop birth control and start prenatals (I’m quite active/healthy lifestyle/no health issues). Not sure if you even need one unless there’s something specific you need to see them for.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

It’s either 3-6 months (I forgot what my doctor said) because they test for rubella and chicken pox resistance and if you don’t have it within your system they want you to go through the series before trying because you can not have them while pregnant. Personally, I went a year in advance so if something major came up I had time to make changes.

p.s. I did ask questions and bring it up during my last regular physiclal and OB/GYN appointments. I didn’t schedule a special appointment just for this. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I called my doctor to ask if I should have a pre conception appt and they told me not to bother, just to start trying and come in when I got pregnant.  I was already taking prenatal vitamins but they didn’t even tell me to do that.  Unless you have specific concerns I don’t think you need to have a separate appt.  At my last annual exam I had asked about stopping birth control etc and he told me to go ahead with that and that it could take a few months for my body to regulate again afterwards but nothing to worry about.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just talked to my Dr. when I went in for my annual.  She just gave some general advice regarding health and prenatals, but no blood work was done.

What would they be testing for if they drew blood?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m going for my annual OB/GYN appointment in two weeks and I plan to ask about prenatal vitamins and anything else that I should do before TTC. Not planning to TTC until some major dental work is finished which probably won’t be until June or July so I’m going about six months in advance.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I made my appointment combining my annual, removal of my IUD and “pre-conception”. My doctor told me he won’t do a pre-conception appointment because he can combine the blood work with my annual and there is an additional fee for “pre-conception”. He told me to “mostly keep doing what I’m doing” (I’m pretty healthy as it is) and avoid things like too much caffiene (1 cup coffee, 2 cups tea), alcohol (no more than 1 serving a day), tobacco, heat my lunchmeat, avoid soft cheese, and continue taking pre-natals. He also advised to limit how much internet research I do on the topic because there is tons of bad information out there and most of it will just stress me out (he knows me well!). As of today we have been trying for one week.  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We went right before we wanted to start TTC. (We decided to start TTC and so we booked an appt).  Our visit included blood work for me but not my husband. I’m half black so they ran screenings for Sickle Cell and other chromosomal abnormalities and included us filling out a quetionaire on our family histories, etc.  I was also advised to start taking pre-natals, to go to the dentist and get checked up there. I will say that I’ve had some issues with cysts in the past year so I had been in and out of the doctor throughout the year and the doctor told us to come back for a pre-conception visit when we were ready to start officially ttc.  Had he not requested us to do the visit, i’m not sure that i would have gone.  If you are getting your yearly check ups, i might mention to your general doc at your next appt. 

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