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P. C: Addressing Pre-Conception Questions And Concerns

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By mia bolaris-forget

Many couples “throw caution to the wind” when trying to conceive, but a word to the wise would warrant preparing for parenthood by reforming your lifestyle, getting rid of bad habits (well in advance) and for ladies, going in for a pre-natal or preconception checkup.

The latter is a great way to go over your pending plans of parenthood with your doctor and review any medical concerns, perhaps some experienced in previous pregnancies. It’s best according to experts to make such an essential appointment at least three months prior to “trying” and give yourself enough time for any tests or vaccinations that may be necessary. And, they suggest asking all or some of the following questions.

· Is pregnancy a good idea? Is there any potential for risk or problems and what precautions are necessary?

· How’s my weight?

· What genetic conditions, if any will my child be predisposed to? Tell me about genetic testing.

· What health issues or lifestyle habits are necessary for me and my spouse to address before conceiving

· Can you verify that all my necessary immunizations are up to date.

· Can I safely continue taking my current medications? If not what are my other options and alternatives?

· What effect, if any will my birth control have on conception, my pregnancy and/or my baby? How soon after I’m off the pill can I start trying and how soon can I expect to get pregnant?

· What about physical activity? Is it safe during pregnancy and to what degree? Are there any exercises you can recommend that will help me conceive and have an “easier” pregnancy? Also, give me some general fitness guidelines to follow.

· What are some dietary guidelines I should be following? And, which foods and beverages should I avoid?

· Please recommend a prenatal vitamin or vitamins for me

· Which environmental exposures and conditions should I avoid

· When is the best time for trying and conceiving?

· What should my spouse be doing or changing to increase our chances of conceiving?

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