Good for you if you’ve scheduled a pre-conception check up. It is a wise decision. What would be even better is if you did some groundwork first about you and your family’s health. Here are a few conversations to have before going to your pre-pregnancy checkup to help your doctor make the best assessment and recommendations.
Chat with your parents and the in-laws
Find out if any medical problems run in your family, especially any problems with child development, genetic disorders, miscarriages, birth defects, or severe childhood illnesses. Your doctor will then be able to help you understand which of these family issues may affect your fertility.
Chat with your mum, sisters and grandmothers
If you can, ask the women in your family about their pregnancies. Did it take them a long time to conceive? Were there any complications? But don’t worry, many common fertility and pregnancy problems aren’t hereditary, but some, like fibroids or ovarian cysts, can be.
Revisit previous medical conversations
Make a record of current or previous medical treatments that may impact your fertility and pregnancy. From previous infections and conditions to existing things like allergies or psychological counselling, try to recall as much as you can so your doctor can get the full picture of your health during the check-up.
Monitor your menstrual cycle
Try noting down in your smartphone when your period last arrived and ended. The more you know about your menstrual cycle, the better-placed your doctor will be to advise you on when you are most fertile.
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