As part of getting ready for pregnancy, it may be helpful to make an appointment with your GP or a practice nurse to discuss your decision to start trying for a baby and any concerns you have.
If you are on any medication, or have any underlying health problems, see your GP to discuss how pregnancy may affect this and to discuss whether your medication is safe in pregnancy.
Never stop any medication without talking to your doctor; some need to be reduced slowly or be altered whilst your medical problems are closely monitored.
If you are diabetic it is very important that you are given advice about controlling your blood sugars in pregnancy.
If any serious medical conditions run in your family, you may wish to discuss this with your doctor, too.
It can be sensible to have a rubella blood test to check you are immune, as catching rubella during pregnancy can be damaging to the developing baby. If you are not immune you can be given the vaccination to protect you prior to pregnancy.
Some couples choose to have a sexual health check-up to ensure you both are clear of sexually acquired infections before you stop contraception and start trying for a baby.
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- Falcone T, Hurd W, Clinical reproductive medicine and surgery: a practical guide, New York Springer, 2013
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