Post # 1
Just curious what questions/concerns you have prior to your pre-TTC appointment with your doctor. I’m up for my annual exam in about 2 months, and would like to go ahead and schedule a pre-TTC appointment. I know Darling Husband is at risk of being a carrier for Tay-Sachs, and we need a referral for him to be tested, so that’s one thing to discuss. But I was also thinking about taking in my bottle of vitamins to discuss if they have everything I need, any potential changes in diet I may need to make, etc.
I want to feel prepared, but not neurotic. So any guidance anyone has from their own appointment would be great!
Post # 3
I had to find a new doctor for this pregnancy so my TTC visit consisted of alot of questions regarding pregnancy & birthing views as well. I wanted to make sure that we saw eye to eye for my hopes of care & what I desired. I always tell moms (or to-be moms) that the earlier you think about those things the better, that way you don’t end up feeling trapped when/if you find out your doctor has a different view/personal practice policy.
Post # 4
I don’t know how much planning you really need. Bringing up the Tay-Sachs issue and bringing your vitamins already makes you super prepared, in my opinion. My experience, and that of my friends, was that many doctors don’t really take TTC appointments all that seriously if you don’t have any health concerns.
I brought it up at a routine exam at my OBGyn, and it went something like this. Me: “My husband and I want to try for a baby soon.” Doc:”That’s great! Here are some prenatal vitamins.” Me:”Is there anything else I need to keep in mind?” Doc: “Do you know about you fertile days?” Me:”Yes.” Doc: ” Good. See ya!”
My PCP was a bit more helpful, asked about vaccines, and told me to cut down alcohol and caffeine. Nothing earth shattering.
My now pregnant friend specifically scheduled a TTC appointment and brought her charts. The doc just glanced at them and said “You shouldn’t have any problems. Come back when you’re pregnant.”
Post # 5
@MrsEdamame: If you are going in for an annual, you don’t need to make a separate TTC appointment, you can just bring up your questions at your annual. You sound really prepared already, but one thing you may want to do is have a discussion with your husband about what types of genetic testing you want to do. At my annual/TTC visit, my doctor sent me for bloodwork right after – I was not prepared for that, but I already knew that my husband and I wanted to get the testing done and would be prepared to terminate if we conceived a baby with a severe issue. I know that we are the minority in that opinion and that a lot of people choose not to have the genetic testing because they would keep a baby no matter what. It’s no one’s business/place to judge what you and your husband would do… I just think it is important that you have the discussion ahead of time so you know what to expect and how to proceed.
Post # 6
@AprilJo2011: I did the same thing as you, and had the same reaction from my doctor LOL. “are you taking prenatals?” Me “yes”… Her ” well, have fun then! Make an appt if you aren’t pregnant in 8-12 months”.
She also gave me a blood test requisition form to have so that if i get a positive home pregnancy test i can go straight to the lab without making an additional appt with her to get that form.
Best of luck! Just bring up anything that’s on your mind, they are usually very willing to answer questions and put your mind at ease 🙂
Post # 7
They should make sure your vaccines are up to date. Most importantly they should test you for Ruebella antibodies.
Post # 8
My doc simply told me to take prenatals and check in within 6 – 12 months if nothing was happening.
Post # 9
My doctor was like a lot of other people described– take your vitamins, and she told me to wait at least one cycle after going off the pill to make determining the due date easier (I’m a total overachiever and will go off 6 months 🙂
I brought in a print out of what my vitamins have, and asked about the kind of things I’d need to worry about right away, like drinking during the two week wait, caffeine, that kind of thing. But, for better or for worse, I have gotten more info from the internet…
I didn’t ask about labor or delivery since she is only gyn, not OB, so I’ll need a new doctor then anyway.
Post # 10
I just went for my annual in Feb and brought some questions with to ask her that I had been writing down after reading stuff and talking with friends. What vitamins should I take besides what I was already taking, caffeine, pre-seed/lube use and other things I can and can’t do with trying and then once I first get pregnant. My hubby travels Mon-Thur so I asked a lot questions about that and the timing. When do I call her if I am not pregnant by. I asked about the first couple appointments when I do find out I am pregnant (whether hubby needs to be there, since he travels).
I start my last pack of pills on Friday and then we are pulling the trigger!! My doctor told me to just go off the pills and start trying right away. She thinks you are more fertile the first couple months. I know that everyone has different opinions about that though, so maybe ask your doctor about that, if you are on the pill.