What to ask your doctor - pregnancy; What to ask your doctor - conception; Questions - infertility
If you are trying to get pregnant, you may want to know what you can do to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor about getting pregnant.
At what age is it easiest to get pregnant?
- When during my menstrual cycle will I be able to get pregnant?
- If I am on birth control pills, how soon after I stop taking them should I begin trying to get pregnant?
- How long do I need to be off the pill before I can conceive? What about other forms of birth control?
- How long does it take to get pregnant naturally?
- Will I get pregnant on my first attempt?
- How frequently do we need to have sex to conceive successfully?
- At what age am I less likely to get pregnant naturally?
Will my health affect my chances of getting pregnant?
- Will the medicines I am taking affect my chances of getting pregnant?
- Are there any medicines I should stop taking?
- Should I wait if I had a surgery or radiation treatment recently?
- Do STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) interfere with pregnancy?
- Do I need to get treatment for STDs before pregnancy?
- Do I need any medical tests or vaccines before trying to conceive?
- Will mental stressor other mental health conditions affect my chances of pregnancy?
Do we need genetic counseling?
- What are the chances of our baby inheriting the condition that runs in the family?
- Do we need to get any tests done?
Are there any lifestyle changes I should make?
- Can I continue consuming alcohol or smoking while trying to conceive?
- Do smoking or consuming alcohol affect my chances of getting pregnant or my baby?
- Do I need to stop exercising?
- Will making any changes to my diet help me get pregnant?
- What are prenatal vitamins? Why do I need them?
- When should I start taking them? How long do I need to take them?
Will my weight affect my chances of getting pregnant? If so, how?
- If I am overweight, do I need to reduce my weight?
- If I am underweight, do I need to gain weight before trying to conceive?
Does my partner's health affect my chances of getting pregnant or the health of the baby?
- Do we need to wait if he had a surgery or a radiation treatment recently?
- Are there any lifestyle changes he should make to help us become pregnant?
- I have been trying to get pregnant for some time without success. Should we get examined for infertility?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Before pregnancy. www.cdc.gov/preconception/index.html. Updated October 17, 2019. Accessed October 22, 2019.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Trouble getting pregnant. www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/trouble.html. Updated August 25, 2015. Accessed March 23, 2018.
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