Have you booked an appointment to see your doctor to discuss fertility and family planning but are wondering about what questions to ask obgyn before getting pregnant?
In this post, we take a look at what you should be asking.
It can be easy to forget that a doctor is there for you in sickness and in heath. Remember, this includes when you and your partner are trying for a baby.
Common Questions To Ask
There are some questions that doctors get asked all the time, these include:
- How long after stopping my birth control can I get pregnant?
- When is the best time to have sex during my cycle to get pregnant?
- How long does it take to get pregnant?
- Could my medication prevent me from falling pregnant?
- How can I get my body ready for pregnancy?
- What are the options for fertility testing?
The questions above should be give you some good ideas about what you might like to ask your doctor. To get the most from the meeting, you’ll need to do some homework!
Do your homework Before Your Appointment
Many couples, especially those first time parents to be will often have an endless list of questions to ask.
That’s why it’s so important to make a list of questions so that you don’t forget anything.
Chat With Your Partner
Pregnancy is a journey that you take with your partner.
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, both you and your partner may have questions about things you can do to increase the chances or even about fertility testing.
WebMD have a handy list of questions that you might like to ask your doctor if you’re wondering about your or your partners fertility.
SIDENOTE: It’s a great idea to make notes while you both read. Check out our list of best books to read before getting pregnant for inspiration.
Make A Note of Your Last Six Periods
You can also help your OBGYN out a lot by making a note of your last six periods.
Doing this will help your doctor work out when the the best time to conceive is.
Discuss What You Want To Get Out of The Appointment
Another huge help is discussing with your partner what you want to get out of the appointment.
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a while and would like a fertility testing referral make a note so you can ask your OBGYN.
Make A List of Meds
Do you know that there are certain drugs that can reduce your chances of falling pregnant?
That’s why it’s crucial to make a list of all medication that you and your partner currently take.
During The Appointment
By doing the homework and making notes, you can keep your appointment on-track and focus on getting the help you need.
Don’t Worry About Embarrassing Problems (They’ve Heard It All Before)
You shouldn’t feel embarrassed about discussing your problems with your doctor.
Chances are they’ve heard and seen it all before and will be able to provide you with reliable advice and solutions to any problems that you might have.
During the appointment, it’s a great opportunity to chat to your doctor about the best prenatal vitamins and supplements to take during your pregnancy.
Questions to Ask OBGYN Before Getting Pregnant: The Bottom Line
A meeting with your doctor is a great first step in helping with family planning.
Making a list of questions to ask OBGYN before getting pregnant will help put your mind at ease or help you to seek extra support should you need it.
Ellen Fetters, is a former Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice with an BSc from the University of Sunderland. After completing her SCPHN - HV she then worked as a Health Visitor within the local community.
In 2017 Ellen left nursing to launch Parenting Click, an online parenting resource aimed at creating happier families through better parenting.
She lives with her husband, beautiful baby girl, and two darling dogs. She spends her free time writing, running and learning how to become a better parent.