Saturday, December 1, 2007

Pre-Pregnancy Medical Advice

Consult a doctor before you get pregnant on your pregnancy plans. It is a good step of preparation to before pregnancy. This is to ensure that you are in best possible health condition during your pregnancy.

You may have some of the below medical conditions before your pregnancy. Please take care of it, or this may disrupt your ability to get pregnant. You may need to change your lifestyles or taking new or stop current medications.


1. Tests

General physical test is required so that there is no medical difficulty during pregnancy. Please include Pap smear, Breast exam, Rubella, blood type, RH-Factor, HIV and hepatitis. . It is advisable to do mammogram if you are 35 or above. If your family has history of medical problems such as diabetes, ask the doctor is there any test needed.


2. Imaging Tests

Avoid image tests such as X-rays, MRIs or CT scans if you are pregnant. Please make sure to do reliable pregnancy test right before your imaging tests. The best time to do this test is right after your period.


*3. PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis)

This is common if you have in vitro fertilization (an embryo is created external of the womb by mixing sperm and egg, and then implanted in women). Few cells removed from embryo to make sure it is healthy before implanted. This step is to avoid genetic disease such as down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, Tay-Sachs and Turner syndrome. A normal embryo will be implanted in uterus to develop birth.


4. Possible Tests

Below are the possible tests that you may go trough:

- Physical exams

- Pap smear

- Breast exam (and mammogram if age 35 and above)

- Rubella titers

- Blood type and Rh-factor

- HIV

- Hepatitis

- Cystic fibrosis screening

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