Post # 1
I have a yearly exam scheduled next month with my Ob/Gyn. The main reason for me scheduling it is because it will be roughly six months before we will be starting TTC. (OMG!) When I set up the appointment I just said it was time for my yearly and I had some questions I wanted to ask the doc.
My question is should I call back and tell them this is also a “preconception visit”. It seems like this can be pretty indepth and may take a little extra time. I would like all the urine test and blood work to be done.
So should I call back and make sure they schedule enough time for this and if so, is that what it’s called? A preconception visit? And also would they have any issues with Fiance being there for the preconception visit portion. 🙂
P.S. I feel horrible but this account has become my pseudonym account!! I just feel it’s a little private to use my main account for bc my Maid/Matron of Honor knows my moniker…I hope this is OK!
Post # 3
I didn’t say anything in advance – I told her why I was there and then she had the nurse come to do the bloodwork and she told me what I needed to know. I think for any regular checkup they would be prepared for you to have something you might want to discuss! I do think it might be a bit odd to bring your Fiance, but do whatever makes you happy 🙂
Post # 4
If I were you I’d call to let them know. I think everything will get done either way…. but if you tell them they might schedule some extra time and the doc might be a little less rushed 🙂
Post # 5
Eh… I don’t think that you need to tell them. But then again my OB/GYN is a good family friend. He is even invited to our wedding. So I don’t feel bad about not pre-scheduling this conversation with my doc. Going in for a pre-conception visit is exciting! I am going in for mine in a week. Time flies…
Post # 6
I didn’t say anything in advance, just talked to my doctor at my annual exam. It wasn’t a problem.
Post # 7
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How far in advance do you do pre-conception visits? Is a year too much? I think we’ve decided to start TTC in a year-ish, but I have an annual exam/ remove my bc implant appointment in three weeks. Do I mention it 15 months in advance?
And, hi, did I totally bogart your thread?
Post # 8
I just asked questions at my last appointment, then she sent me down to the lab for bloodwork. She was not thorough at all though, even to the point of critical of our decision to try to soon. I am getting a new doctor once we get preggers.
Post # 9
I am going this Friday for my annual and I plan on just asking her a few questions about TTC. If you want bloodwork done and everything, I’d ask about it before the visit just in case you have to fast or anything.
Post # 10
I just told her at my annual, and we talked while she did the “usual”. Then, she had me get tested for some immunity and told me which medicines to avoid once TTC, etc. It’s best to do as much as you can before trying to get pregnant as far as nutrition, exercise, medicine, etc, so you don’t want for the positive sign to realize you should’ve stopped some OTC meds for example. Also, another example, my book says to give up sushi 2 mos prior to TTC, but you will have lots of decisions (and opinions!) like these to process….that’s why I’m glad I started EARLY, bc we got pregnant our first month!
Post # 11
Since you know that for you it’s a pre-conception visit, why not give them a heads up? It’s a quick phone call and then they will be prepared for your visit.
I have my appointment on March 31st and my Fiance is coming with me, I don’t think it’s strange at all. It’s his baby too and I love that he wants to be involved. He has some concerns about trying to make a baby and when do I have to give up coffee? Or quit taking certain vitamins? Or can I continue to drink wine if we’re trying? Can he continue to drink? I’ve answered them all, but he would feel better hearing it from a doctor (he’s not controlling, he’s adorable, he wants us to have the healthiest baby ever…)
Post # 12
I let my doctor know in advance so that she could block out the proper amount of time. I actually had a two-part visit. My PCP handled changing/discontinuing any medications that could have an adverse affect on the fetus. She ordered bloodwork, urinalysis, etc. I then had a different dr’s appt with my GYN where she did a PAP and pelvic exam to make sure all of my “girly parts” =) were in working order.
Post # 13
Just something to add – If you plan to go with a lot of questions, I’d recommend going to a dr who is an OB in addition to the GYN, or a midwife.
My primary care doc is great, but isn’t a ‘maternity’ provider, so she wasn’t super helpful on my more specific questions at my pre-c visit (about supplements, exercise, etc). The only extra from a normal visit was telling me to start taking any prenatal, gave me a little bit of charting info, and did a bloodwork panel checking thyroid function, a metabolic panel, etc. So someone who sees pregnant women frequently in their regular practice would probably be the best, especially if you want lots of detail or are bringing DH/FI with questions.
Post # 14
You can totally bogart all you want!!! Miss ya ’round these parts!
And P.S. I’ve read anywhere from 6-9 months? But I don’t see the harm in asking even a year in advance.
Good point about the fasting. darn! I’m no good with not eating all day!
Hehe. I pretty much have the same concerns as you. Mainly coffee!!
Yup, my visit is schedule with my female doctor who is a Ob/GYN. The hospital she’s affiliated with is also one of the best ones in our area (generally speaking) and for maternity as well. Which is one of the reasons I picked her when I switched OB/GYNs. 🙂
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I think I will call and let them know then.
Post # 15
My visit is next week!! I called and the nurse said that I can just address all my concerns after the exam. 🙂
I have some particular issues that are a concern to me.
- I’m concerned about my weight, I think I’m where I need to be but I feel I might a tad underweight.
- Want to do blood work in particular to check on thalassemia
- And generally ask about risks due to our family histories.
- What Fiance can do to help improve the situation like I will be doing.
But, got additonal tips on what to ask? Thanks!