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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 15:59 PM   1
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Pre-conception Appointment??


Hiya.

Me and my OH are planning to TTC in april of this year , and i was wondering how you go about making an appointment with your doctor (as in what to say when you ring up and what you ask for?). I live in the UK, just so you ladies don't get confused .

I have read that they check a hell of a lot of stuff and as most women are i'm anxious about it. I know that it's best to start taking folic acid at least three months before you start TTC?.

Thanks in advance for your help ladies. x



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 16:24 PM   2
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to be honest hun I dont know, I have never been! I just took pre-natal vits with my previous. sorry hun but didnt want to read and run. x



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 16:29 PM   3
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Well, I live in the US, but I just called my doctors office and said that I needed to make a preconception appointment. My first one was with the Nurse Practitioner. But because I had some really serious medical issues in my past, they decided to make me a second appointment with a OBGYN specialist. So, they will probably make that decision for you, too. From personal experience, make copies of your medical records and bring them with you.



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 16:43 PM   4
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Right i got you. I've read few peoples posts and they have said you don't always need to go, only if you have medical issues/concerns. I'm popping into boots on friday and will be buying some Pregnacare to start me off on the right track ^^.



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 19:08 PM   5
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Yeah, I think most people don't make preconception appointments. But, if it makes you feel better, go for it! Otherwise, get on a good prenatal vitamin and fish oil!



 
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 00:49 AM   6
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I haven't heard of people having pre conception appointments, I am also ttc in April. I went to see my doc a while ago about something else and I also talked to him about what to do when the time came to ttc, and he said just to come off the pill and away we go! I think people in the UK only see the doc once you have actually got pregnant.



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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 02:12 AM   7
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I've made a preconception appointment with my doctor as my OH has medical issues and I want to check my body is fine before we TTC people also book them to have a blood test to check if there immune to rubella hope this helps x



 
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 06:40 AM   8
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I was thinking about this earlier actually! I think in the UK at least, the majority of people see the doctor only after the get pregnant. I have health issues so think I'm going to make an appointment with my GP just to check whether having a child would affect my health. I think the main thing my OH is worried about is whether my body can cope. I think I may just make an appointment with one of the lovely lady GPs at my doctors. My OHs usual feelings are 'we have all the time in the world babe, we don't need to rush things', but I'd really like to know where I stand! Especially with advice for preparing my body for pregnancy. x



 
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 15:14 PM   9
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i was thinking about making an appointment but now i dont know. i dont think it would be that much use, plus i hate going to the doctors its such a hassle just to get an appointment!



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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 15:54 PM   10
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It's not compulsory as some of the other girls have mentioned, but It's a good idea to ask to see a midwife or doctor and ask for a health check up as you are planning on TTC.
You're doctor may refer you to a nurse or midwife if you don't have any medical complaints, and they will give you advice on healthy diet and lifestyle and also check your up to date with your cervical smear tests etc.
All the the general information about vits and adopting a healthy lifestyle can be found on the NHS website aswell.

Hope this helps and good luck



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