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PreConception Check-up

Hey Ladies, 

My hubby and I are going to start TTC next cycle and I started thinking that maybe I should go get a pre-conception check up. I'm wondering if it's really necessary though? I've been taking pre-natals for a few months now, and we are both healthy people. 

The only thing I'm worried about is making sure my vaccinations are up-to-date (specifically Rubella). Couldn't I just go to my general practitioner for a blood test to make sure I'm immune?

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  • I did one right before going off the pill.  Gotta say, wasn't very interesting.  Since I am also healthy and had been taking prenatals, we basically talked a bit about what to avoid while TTC and when I do get pregnant.  Other than that, it was basically the same as my annual exam.
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  • I talked to my doc at my yearly and said we were going to try in about 6 months and asked if I should make an appointment to check things out. He said not to bother. Start taking prenatals and not to stop the BC mid cycle.

    So I didn't do one. Even now i don't think there would have been much for him to tell me.

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  • My OBGYN did the blood test to see what I'm not up-to-date on in terms of vaccines, but when it came to actually getting the vaccine, my OBGYN doesn't do that.  I needed to go to a GP.  In retrospect, the GP might have been able to do it all.  Plus, I needed the OBGYN to send the bloodwork results to the GP, which you wouldn't need to wait for if your GP was the one doing the bloodwork.

    In summary, I say go to the GP. Yes

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  • I went in for one at my OB/GYN.  When I got there he basically said that they do this to be sure that a person doesn't have any reason not to TTC, or medical issues that should be managed before TTC (ie obesity, uncontrolled asthma, uncontrolled diabetes, etc.)  I also hand some genetic testing done, so they drew blood at that appointment.
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  • image ProcrastinatingBride:

    My OBGYN did the blood test to see what I'm not up-to-date on in terms of vaccines, but when it came to actually getting the vaccine, my OBGYN doesn't do that.  I needed to go to a GP.  In retrospect, the GP might have been able to do it all.  Plus, I needed the OBGYN to send the bloodwork results to the GP, which you wouldn't need to wait for if your GP was the one doing the bloodwork.

    In summary, I say go to the GP. Yes

    GL!

     That's what I was thinking :) I guess I'll make an appointment with my GP for blood work. Thanks for the advice!

  • I think everyone else gave good advice.  I scheduled my yearly checkup a little early to speak with my doctor about conception.  I was getting married and knew we would try right away, plus I knew my crap insurance would never cover a pre-conception visit.  My doctor is very chill and basically said to keep up with my Centrums and not drink too much after CD10.  Even though I didn't learn much of anything, it was reassuring to speak to her about my concerns.  Good luck!

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  • My MIL is a carrier for a fatal genetic disorder (Tay-Sachs) which is also common for people of French-Canadian decent (which I am) so knowing that up front I chose to be tested - both parents have to be carriers, so if I was positive then my husband would have been tested also.

    So if you know, or can find out if anyone in your family or in-laws have any kind of genetic disorders, that would be a good reason to get some blood work done.

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    I talked to my doc at my yearly and said we were going to try in about 6 months and asked if I should make an appointment to check things out. He said not to bother. Start taking prenatals and not to stop the BC mid cycle.

    So I didn't do one. Even now i don't think there would have been much for him to tell me.

    This is what I did too. My dr. also recommended a calcium supplement to support breast health in addition to pre-natals.

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  • I just mentioned to my doctor at my yearly that DH and I were thinking about TTC.  She prescribed prenatals (cheaper than at the pharmacy) and got me updated on my vaccines.

    That was it!

  • Shoot...after reading all the replies, I think I'm calling my OBGYN and cancelling my preconception visit, lol! Thanks for saving me $$, everyone!
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