Do I need to have any tests before we start trying for a baby?

As part of getting ready for pregnancy, it may help to talk to your GP or a practice nurse to discuss your decision if you have any concerns.

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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.

Medication

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 medicines need to be reduced slowly or be altered whilst your medical problems are closely monitored.

Diabetes

If you are diabetic it is very important that you are given advice about controlling your blood sugars in pregnancy.

Rubella

If you know you are not immune to rubella, ask for the vaccination to protect you before you get pregnant. Catching rubella during pregnancy can be damaging to the developing baby.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STIs)

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.

Other medical conditions

If any serious medical conditions run in your family, you may wish to discuss this with your doctor too.

See conception and genetics for more information

Sources

  1. Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes’ midwifery, fourteenth edition, Edinburgh Bailliere Tindall Elsevier, 2012
  2. Falcone T, Hurd W, Clinical reproductive medicine and surgery: a practical guide, New York Springer, 2013
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Last reviewed on June 13th, 2017. Next review date June 13th, 2020.

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