Deciding to have a baby is a very significant moment in one’s life. While having one is considered a blessing and an adventure of a lifetime, one must admit that life will never be the same once you become a parent. Still, the most important part about this whole process is to ensure that both mother and child are in their best health.
While you can technically start and try any time, it’s always best to check in with specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists months before you conceive. If you have a pre-existing condition, to avoid complications in the long run, it’s advised to consult month, or even years, in advance. In fact, going to an OB-GYN should be as important as going to your general practitioner.
As a tip, when you get to the medical facility, have a list of questions ready to ask your doctor. The more information you gain, the better ready you and your partner will be. The obstetrician, too, will be performing a full pre-pregnancy check-up – asking you various questions and be
looking thoroughly at your medical, gynecological, and lifestyle history. That being said, here are some questions you should ask your obstetricians if you want to conceive a baby:
Am I in Good Health to Have A Baby?
As previously mentioned, you and your doctor will most likely have to go through your family’s health history. This includes any serious health conditions, if your medications may get in the way, plus recent vaccination and blood work history. In terms of medication, drugs for epilepsy
and high blood pressure decrease your chances. Over the counter drugs may also need to be substituted before and during your pregnancy. Some medical conditions that may affect your conception are endometriosis, thyroid issues, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and STD.
For your partner, it can be their sperm count or morphology issues. So, don’t forget to bring your partner’s medical history, too, for the best analysis.
When Should I Stop Birth Control?
You will need to discuss with your obstetrician when is the right time to stop birth control (depending on what you do). Hormonal pills may alter your cycle for a few months. With an IUD, you want to discuss and schedule the best time to remove it.
When Can I Start Trying?
After discussing your health history, past conception attempts, and birth control use, the next topic would be about when exactly you should actively start trying. Though your doctor can’t give you an exact time, they can provide general predictions.
Additionally, you will be able to get recommendations on when you are the most fertile during your cycle and even plan a schedule thoroughly.
Should You Freeze Your Eggs?
If you’re wondering, “ should you freeze your eggs? ” The answer to this question really depends on you and your partner. If you’re certain you want children in the future and are worried that your fertile years are in jeopardy, freezing your eggs may be an option if you’re not ready at the moment. Don’t be afraid to ask this to your obstetrician as they will be able to provide with you more details on the procedure and the science behind it.
Should I Take Vitamins or Supplements?
An important, easy first step in this process is to take prenatal vitamins or supplements. These contain folic acid, which lessens the risks of birth defects. The recommended dosage is 400 micrograms a day before and up to 12 weeks into your pregnancy.
Ask your obstetrician again during your consultation just to make sure which ones to buy and if you’re up to date on your daily intake.
Should I Change My Diet/Lifestyle?
In addition to health history, it’s best to discuss your everyday habits. In terms of exercise, a good BMI (Body Mass Index) is a good starting point. Routine exercise is encouraged, but too much of it, especially aggressive movements and potential to fall, should be avoided. When it comes to your diet, your obstetrician will make suggestions on what may be lacking in your diet (for a protein and calcium-heavy diet) and what you need to have less of, which is usually coffee and alcohol.
Regarding general habits, they will definitely inform you to stop smoking. In this part of the consultation, it’s critical to be very honest and open to your obstetrician – everything from your home life, skin care, any pets, and your working conditions.
Do I Need Vaccinations?
Getting sick is the last thing you want to experience during your pregnancy. Even getting sick during your attempt to conceive may delay your plans. Ask your doctor which vaccinations are needed to stay up to date. To name a few examples, they will probably recommend rubella, chickenpox, measles, and even the yearly flu shot. You will also need to inquire about information regarding which vaccines are a must during your pregnancy (Adult TDap and Influenza). So, if you’re ready to conceive, you might be tempted to schedule those vaccinations ahead of time.
Do I Need A Birth Plan?
A birth plan isn’t mandatory but some mothers do seek this as a means of organizing their time and to keep them calm in this potentially stressful time. Many will want to create and familiarize themselves with the plan for any problems that may occur leading up to the birth, ensuring that everyone around them is also prepared for the procedure and your preferences. Discussing this with your doctor now, even during conception, may ease any worries or concerns you may have. Even motivating you to effectively plan on how to gradually implement the lifestyle changes needed for a healthy conception and pregnancy.
Trying to get pregnant is just the beginning of an exciting and momentous process. Though you may have gotten a lot of answers and some sample questions to ask in this article, speaking to a professional in person will give you peace of mind and more personalized advice for greater chances for you and your family.