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Pre-Conception Appointment

What to expect from a Pre-Conception work up?

  1. Initial Assessment:
    • The GP will conduct a thorough initial assessment, which may include discussing your medical history, lifestyle, and any previous pregnancies.
  2. Health and Lifestyle Evaluation:
    • The GP will evaluate your overall health, including factors like diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption, and any chronic medical conditions.
  3. Review of Medications:
    • The GP will review your current medications to ensure they are safe for pregnancy. Adjustments may be necessary if any medications pose risks to a developing fetus.
  4. Immunisation Status:
    • The GP will check the patient's immunization status and recommend vaccinations if necessary to protect both the mother and the baby from preventable diseases.
  5. Genetic and Family History:
    • A discussion about your genetic and family history may be important to identify potential risks or hereditary conditions that could affect the pregnancy.
  6. Folic Acid Supplementation:
    • The GP may recommend starting folic acid supplementation, which is essential for reducing the risk of neural tube defects in the developing fetus.
  7. Nutritional Guidance:
    • Nutritional advice and dietary recommendations will be provided to ensure you are getting the essential nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy.
  8. Lifestyle Changes:
    • The GP will discuss any necessary lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking or reducing alcohol consumption, which can greatly impact pregnancy outcomes.
  9. Prenatal Vitamins:
    • Recommendations may be made for prenatal vitamins to support the patient's health and the baby's development.
  10. Physical Examination:
    • A physical examination may be performed to assess the patient's general health and to identify any potential issues that need attention before pregnancy.
  11. Screening Tests:
    • The GP may order various screening tests or blood work to check for conditions like diabetes, anemia, or sexually transmitted infections that can impact pregnancy.
  12. Fertility Evaluation:
    • If you have been trying to conceive without success, the GP may discuss the need for further fertility evaluation and testing.
  13. Contraception Discussion:
    • If you are currently using contraception, the GP will discuss when and how to discontinue it in preparation for conception.
  14. Questions and Counseling:
    • The GP will answer any questions you may have and provide counseling on the various aspects of pre-conception care.
  15. Follow-up Plan:
    • A plan for follow-up appointments and ongoing care will be discussed, ensuring that you receive appropriate guidance and support throughout your pre-conception journey.

It's important to note that pre-conception care is tailored to the individual's specific needs, and the GP will provide personalised advice and recommendations to optimise the chances of a healthy pregnancy.