Start planning your pregnancy
Are you ready for the experience of your life? Start by making sure you're healthy.
Get a pre-pregnancy check-up
If possible, three months before you want to conceive:
- Both you and your partner should visit your doctor for a pre-pregnancy health checkup.
- Visit the dentist to check for potential problems ahead of time.
- Be up to date on your mammograms if you need them.
What to expect at your doctor visit
When you have your pre-pregnancy office visit, you can expect these examinations and tests:
- Pelvic exam
- Pap test
- Sexually transmitted infection tests
- Urinalysis test
- Blood test
- Blood pressure check
What to talk about with your doctor
Before you visit your doctor, take a moment to jot down important information about your health, lifestyle and medical history. Here’s a list of questions about health issues that could impact conception and pregnancy. Write down your answers and take them with you to your doctor appointment.
- What health problems or medical conditions have you had?
- What vaccinations have you had and when?
- What medical conditions run in your family?
- What drugs and supplements do you take?
- What types of contraception have you used?
- What’s your history of menstruation problems and pregnancies?
- Have you had any sexually transmitted infections or diseases?
- How active is your lifestyle?
- What kind of diet do you have?
- What chemicals are you exposed to?
- Do you or the dad-to-be smoke?
- How well do you handle stress?
- Have you had trouble conceiving?