If you’re planning for a baby, we recommend that you visit your GP before you conceive, to discuss things like lifestyle, exercise, eating habits, vaccinations, supplements and your overall wellbeing.
If you have a chronic condition, such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy, then it is very important to see a GP before you get pregnant. The reason is that some types of medication can be harmful to an unborn baby. We recommend coming in a few months before you want to conceive, to allow time for your body to adjust to any changes in treatment, and ensure your medical condition is controlled effectively.
It’s also important to make sure your vaccinations are up to date, as preventable infections can cause miscarriage or birth defects. We can offer a blood test to check if you need further vaccinations.
Additionally, it’s recommended to take a daily supplement of folic acid, which has been found to greatly reduce the risk of neural tube defects, before you fall pregnant. Having enough folic acid is critical in the early weeks of pregnancy when your baby’s brain and nervous system are developing.
If you suspect you may be pregnant, we can run a pregnancy test for you during your consultation.