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Subject: Re: What to do before trying? Date: 10/20/2003 7:30 PM
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I'm a little nervous asking my doctor about it, though I'm sure he really won't care. I'm mostly concerned about my insurance.

If your insurance covers well care (an annual pelvic exam, etc.), I would think it would be fine to go for a "pre-pregnancy" physical, which would include STD testing.


I'd welcome any other suggestions for things to talk about with my OB/GYN.

I'd have a talk about birth control. If you've been on some kind of hormonal birth control (the pill, the shot, the patch), you'll want to be off it for a while before you try to conceive. Some doctors will recommend 3 or 6 months. I know it was close to 2 years before my body started behaving normally after I went off the pill. During whatever time you choose, you'll want to use an alternative form of birth control. Your doctor should be able to talk to you about your options.


By next year, do you mean a year from now? Or next calendar year, which starts in a 2 1/2 months? If you're planning to start trying in the next few months, you'll want to get some prenatal vitamins. If you have weight issues (over or under), before you're pregnant is a good time to start making changes. Even if you don't get to your ideal weight before you're pregnant, you will have some better habit to fall back on. The time to start an exercise regimen is now, too, since most doctors will tell you, when you first get pregnant, that continuing your current activity level is great, but to not get crazy starting something new. All the data indicates that active women have more comfortable pregnancies and births, so you want to be one of them. :)


I think I'd just say just what you said here. You're thinking about trying to become pregnant soon and what, if anything, does your doctor think you should do prior to that?


Congratulations in advance. :)

Jan
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