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Tests to Do Before Pregnancy - Preconception, Periconception

There is a lot you can do and some tests you can take before you get pregnant to improve both your chances getting pregnant as
well as your chances having a healthy baby.

Most couples follow the famous slogan "Just Do IT" when trying to conceive. What most couples do not realize is that there is a lot you can do before you get pregnant to improve both your chances getting pregnant as well as your chances having a healthy baby.

For one, taking folic acid and starting it 1-2 months before conception decreases your risk of a miscarriage and decreases your risk of having a baby with a congenital malformation.

Going to see your doctor for a periconception visit is an important first step. Your doctor will take a history and examine you. In addition there are some tests you may want to take prior to getting pregnant.

When you first see your doctor for a prenatal visit there are a lot of tests being done. We recommend that women who TTC consider having the following tests BEFORE getting pregnant:

  1. Pap Smear
  2. TSH (checks thyroid)
  3. Sperm analysis
  4. Postcoital test (PCT)
  5. Check Ovulation with the basal body temperature curve (BBT)
  6. Cycle Day 3 tests if problems with TTC
  7. HIV
  8. Herpes
  9. Hepatitis A
  10. Hepatitis B
  11. VDRL
  12. Vaginal tests for GC and Chlamydia
  13. Rubella titers
  14. Chickenpox titers
  15. Parvovirus B-19 (Fifth Disease) titers
  16. Cytomegalovirus titers
  17. Toxoplasmosis titers
  18. Type and Rh both partner's blood
  19. CBC and hemoglobin electophoresis
  20. Genetic screening (based on ethnicity): Sickle Cell Screen, Thalassemia Screen, Jewish Genetic Diseases


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