Trying to conceive (TTC) is an exciting process but can be frustrating and does need some preparation. Here is a review of what you should do and things you should consider.
Before you start trying, start taking prenatal or regular multivitamins. Either one is fine as long as they contain 600 mg of folic acid (also known as folate). This helps to decrease the risk of certain malformations in your baby such as neural tube defects and may even reduce the risk of a miscarriage.
Having a preconception visit with a health care provider is a good idea. If you have any thyroid problems or any other major medical problems you should discuss it then to see if any additional supplements or changes in your medications are necessary.
If you are on prescription medications, discuss them during that visit to find out if you should stop them or change them to others that are safer to take, as this is important because some medications can have a change on your baby’s outcome.
If you have had any cervical problems where a doctor performed a freezing treatment or any other surgery to your cervix, do make sure you get an exam during that visit to verify that the cervical opening has not scarred down. If this has happened, the opening can get very small preventing the sperm from getting in and can make it very difficult for you to get pregnant the natural way.
Talk to your provider about doing a test (get a titer drawn) to make sure you are still immune to rubella (measles). Even if you got the vaccine when young, you might have lost your immunity and need to be revaccinated. If you need to be revaccinated, YOU must wait a month before you try to conceive. Some providers might also suggest getting tested for HIV and Hepatitis as well.