TTC in 2017: Preparing Your Health for Pregnancy
Preparing your health for pregnancy
If you haven't already, scheduling a preconception appointment with your health care provider is a good first step when you've decided to try for a baby.
This checkup will usually include a lot of the standard yearly procedure: an exam, a pap smear, potentially a pelvic exam. But for the most part, this is a chance for your practitioner to get a detailed history and counsel you on how that may effect conception or pregnancy. You will also probably be offered genetic carrier screening in addition to a urine test (to check for signs of diabetes) and a blood test.
Scheduling your preconception appointment is also a good time to decide if the health care provider that you see for gynecological care is the same provider that you want to see during your pregnancy.
In some cases, your family doctor, nurse practitioner, or gynecologist may not deliver babies. In other cases, you may love your doctor but you just not see eye to eye on some things that will cause tension during your pregnancy. Either way, there's no shame in using this time to find the best obstetrician or midwife for you.
While you're at it, you may want to make an appointment with your dentist as well. Pregnancy can do a number on your dental health and untreated gum disease can put your at higher risk for preterm deliver, so it's better to take care of those toothaches and get a good cleaning now.
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Read the whole series on preparing for pregnancy.