Pregnancy planning could be one of the most exciting parts in your life. However, preparing your body for pregnancy could take a few months or more. There are a lot of factors to consider when planning for a pregnancy in order to achieve healthy outcomes for both you and your baby. Regardless of whether this is your first or second pregnancy, it is advisable to seek the help of your GP at Parkhill Medical Center before conceiving.
Preconception health care includes but is not limited to the following:
- Medical Conditions
- Lifestyle and Behaviors
- Recommended Tests
- Vaccinations, Medications, Supplements
- Mental and Physical Wellbeing
Pregnancy planning can also include genetic screening. This can be important for anyone who may be unaware of certain genetic health conditions in their family, or for people who may have knowledge gaps in their family history. It is also a common time for any patients to consider their level of health insurance, whether it is getting health insurance for the first time, or ensuring your cover includes obstetrics.
Whichever stage you are at with planning for a pregnancy, your GP can help ensure you are supported and in the best of health when the time is right.