It is always recommended that you see a doctor when planning a pregnancy. This ensures you are in the best possible health at the time of conception and prepared for your pregnancy.
Your GP is often well placed to provide this pre-pregnancy consultation for you.
Some women however benefit from seeing an Obstetrician for a pre-pregnancy review. This may apply to women who:
- Have a pre-existing medical disorder such as diabetes, epilepsy, hypertension or autoimmune disorders.
- Have previously had a pregnancy affected by a fetal or chromosomal abnormality.
- Have previously experienced a difficult or traumatic pregnancy or birth.
- Have a personal preference to have pre-pregnancy counselling provided by a specialist obstetrician.
A pre-pregnancy consultation enables your Obstetrician to plan the extra steps that may be required before conception in order to optimise your safety and that of your pregnancy. These steps may include:
- Optimisation of your health before pregnancy if you have a medical disorder.
- Stopping of harmful medication.
- Fertility, dietary and vaccination advice.
- Addressing any concerns you have about the pregnancy and birth process.