(Closed) Scheduling a PreConception Visit?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

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 πŸ™‚

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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 πŸ™‚

Post # 5
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I didn’t say anything in advance, just talked to my doctor at my annual exam.  It wasn’t a problem. 

Post # 7
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Our home and the two acres it sits on

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
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

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
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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…)

Good luck!! 


Post # 12
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

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.

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