Your doctor will want to discuss your health history and any medical conditions you currently have that could affect a pregnancy. He or she also will discuss any previous pregnancy problems, medicines that you currently are taking, vaccinations that you might need, and steps you can take before pregnancy to prevent certain birth defects.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about:
Eg. sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV, diabetes, thyroid disease, epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart problems, anemia
Lifestyle and Behaviors:
Talk with your doctor if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs; your doctor can help you with counseling, treatment, and other support services.
Taking certain medicines during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. These include some prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary or herbal supplements. If you are planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the need for any medication with your doctor before becoming pregnant and make sure you are taking only those medications that are necessary.
- MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) – you should get it, even if you have had it as a child. If you have never had it, you will need two dosages, one month apart.
- Adacel Quadra (Tetatus, Polio, Diphteria and Pertussis) – Pertussis is whooping cough; a major cause of hospitalisation in infants.
- Varicellla (Chicken pox) – only if you have never had chicken pox
- Flu – all women trying to fall pregnant and all pregnant women further than 12 weeks should get this.
- Hepatitis A and B – it takes six months to complete this course, so start early