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Questions to ask your doctor about getting pregnant

If you are trying to get pregnant, you may want to know what you can do to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor about getting pregnant.

Questions

At what age is it easiest to get pregnant?

  • When during my menstrual cycle will I be able to get pregnant?
  • If I am on birth control pills, how soon after I stop taking them should I begin trying to get pregnant?
  • How long do I need to be off the pill before I can conceive? What about other forms of birth control?
  • How long does it take to get pregnant naturally?
  • Will I get pregnant on my first attempt?
  • How frequently do we need to have sex to conceive successfully?
  • At what age am I less likely to get pregnant naturally?

Will my health affect my chances of getting pregnant?

  • Will the medicines I am taking affect my chances of getting pregnant?
  • Are there any medicines I should stop taking?
  • Should I wait if I had a surgery or radiation treatment recently?
  • Do STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) interfere with pregnancy?
  • Do I need to get treatment for STDs before pregnancy?
  • Do I need any medical tests or vaccines before trying to conceive?
  • Will mental stressor other mental health conditions affect my chances of pregnancy?

Do we need genetic counseling?

  • What are the chances of our baby inheriting the condition that runs in the family?
  • Do we need to get any tests done?

Are there any lifestyle changes I should make?

  • Can I continue consuming alcohol or smoking while trying to conceive?
  • Do smoking or consuming alcohol affect my chances of getting pregnant or my baby?
  • Do I need to stop exercising?
  • Will making any changes to my diet help me get pregnant?
  • What are prenatal vitamins? Why do I need them?
  • When should I start taking them? How long do I need to take them?

Will my weight affect my chances of getting pregnant? If so, how?

  • If I am overweight, do I need to reduce my weight?
  • If I am underweight, do I need to gain weight before trying to conceive?

Does my partner's health affect my chances of getting pregnant or the health of the baby?

  • Do we need to wait if he had a surgery or a radiation treatment recently?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes he should make to help us become pregnant?
  • I have been trying to get pregnant for some time without success. Should we get examined for infertility?

Alternative Names

What to ask your doctor - pregnancy; What to ask your doctor - conception; Questions - infertility

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Planning for pregnancy. Preconception health and health care. www.cdc.gov/preconception/planning.html. Updated January 23, 2018. Accessed March 23, 2018.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Trouble getting pregnant. www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/trouble.html. Updated August 25, 2015. Accessed March 23, 2018.

Stotland NE, Bodnar LM, Abrams B. Maternal Nutrition. In: Creasy RK, Resnik R, Iams JD, Lockwood CJ, Moore TR, Greene MF, eds. Creasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 10.

Review Date 4/12/2018

Updated by: Peter J. Chen, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of OBGYN at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.