Preconception checkup

Consult your primary healthcare provider about your health before pregnancy. You may choose to see your healthcare provider at least a few months before trying to conceive, however, it may not be necessary if you have seen your family physician or had a pap smear in recent years.  

Your healthcare provider will want to know and discuss things about your health, medical history, medical conditions, any previous pregnancy problems, medicines that you are currently taking, vaccinations that you might need as well as steps you can take before you get pregnant to prevent certain birth defects.  By taking action on health issues and risks before pregnancy, you can prevent problems that might affect you or your baby later.

A preconception visit can be helpful if you have any questions about getting pregnant or about your health. If you have any chronic or long standing medical conditions such as epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, or depression then it is extremely important to see your doctor if you are planning on getting pregnant. You can learn more about how certain medical conditions may affect your pregnancy.