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
  • Vaccinations
  • 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?

Find a Pregnancy Doctor

When you need an ob/gyn to discuss pre-pregnancy planning or pregnancy health, Community delivers.