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Pre-conception Checkup

Get a clean bill of health before you start your pregnancy
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday September 18, 2019
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If you are planning to become pregnant or hoping to, it is a good idea to have a pre-conception visit with your Obstetrician or caregiver. Why? A review of your medical history and any medication you take, as well as your lifestyle and current health, can help you and your doctor formulate a plan for conception and pregnancy. For many women, this may be just a simple formality; for others, it could be a necessity depending on their personal circumstances.

Knowing your partners family and medical history may also be important for the potential risk of genetic disease that your doctor should know about. Your doctor can help you manage chronic conditions or medications you regularly take, so you are ideally prepped for getting and staying pregnant. It is best to bring a list of questions or concerns you might have, and it is important to be entirely honest with your doctor to achieve the best possible outcome.

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