Pre Pregnancy Check up
When you’re planning for pregnancy, it’s a really good idea to book in for a pre pregnancy check up with your regular doctor.
Aim to make this appointment at least three months before you start trying to conceive. You’ll need to discuss:
- Any existing medical conditions you might have that could affect your pregnancy. These can include asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, and mental health concerns.
- Your current state of health; including blood pressure, cholesterol, and obesity.
- Any genetic disorders that might exist in your family; including heart disorders and blood diseases.
- Your history of miscarriages or cervical incompetence.
- Pre pregnancy tests for sexually transmitted infections.
You may get a clean bill of health from your regular doctor, or he or she may refer you onto a specialist for more pre pregnancy tests, such as genetic screening.
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