Should I get a pre pregnancy check up?

A pre pregnancy check up is highly recommended by gynaecologists. Those preliminary tests can reveal any issues of concern during pregnancy. The results can help prevent a miscarriage or other fetal problems for susceptible women. They can also reveal lots of information that can help you have a healthy pregnancy. Any fertility issues can also be addressed in time. Rather than trying to conceive for months and months, it’s best to have a clear answer from the beginning.

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How does a pre pregnancy check up work?

First of all, your gynaecologist will ask you some questions about your medical history. Any problems such as diabetes or thyroid issues can impact the outcome of a pregnancy. Your gynae will also ask about gynaecological problems. These include any illness, miscarriages or surgical procedures.

The doctor will also ask about medications you’ve been on in the past few months or year. Information about your eating and exercising habits may also be relevant in this case.

Pre pregnancy check up: Pelvic exam and Pap smear

The first tests are going to include a pelvic exam. This will determine if there is any infection or sexually transmitted disease. Your doctor could also ask you to have an ultrasound to determine that the uterus and ovaries look normal, without any fibroids or cysts.

The Pap smear is a test that determines any abnormalities of the endocervical canal. Cells are taken from the cervix area. If there are any concerns, a HPV test could also be required.

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