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Pre-conception Checkup

Get a clean bill of health before you start your pregnancy
Pre-conception Checkup
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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 good to have a pre-conception visit with your Obstetrician or caregiver. Why? A review of your medical history, any medication you take, and 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 circumstances.

Knowing your partner's family and medical history may also be important for the potential risk of genetic disease 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 crucial to be entirely honest with your doctor to achieve the best possible outcome.


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