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Preconception Physical Exam

Visit your OB/GYN three months before you try to get pregnant. Are you physically ready to have a baby? Schedule a complete physical exam with your OB/GYN to be sure. Your physician will assess your family history, preexisting conditions, lifestyle and will give you a medical exam. This first visit provides your physician with helpful baseline information to use as a guide during your pregnancy.

Whether this is your first baby or you are adding to your family, you may have questions, too. Prepare a list of questions and bring it to your preconception exam.

Your preconception visit may include:

  • Complete medical history
  • Use of birth control methods
  • Family medical history
  • Lifestyle assessment and recommendations
  • Genetic counseling if you have a family history of genetically transmitted diseases
  • Immunization review and update
  • Review of diet and nutrition
  • Pelvic exam
  • Pap smear
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood tests (type and Rh factor, hemoglobin and hemotocrit, rubella titer, serology)
  • Medication review - prescription and over the counter
  • Blood pressure check
  • Test for sexually transmissible diseases (optional)
  • Toxoplasmosis (optional)

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