Pre-pregnancy health is important to the outcome of a pregnancy and can have lifelong health implications for the baby.
Dr Croft will take a thorough medical history and discuss ways to optimise your health prior to pregnancy. There are also screening tests that might be important to rule out complications for you and your baby.
Engaging in a conversation with an obstetrician about your pre-pregnancy physical health is a crucial and proactive step in your journey towards a healthy and successful pregnancy. These discussions allow you to address any existing health concerns, optimise your overall well-being, and receive expert guidance on lifestyle adjustments, nutrition, and prenatal preparations that can significantly impact your pregnancy experience.
Initiating a discussion with an obstetrician regarding your pre-existing medical conditions before embarking on a pregnancy is a vital and responsible course of action. This proactive approach enables you to comprehensively address any health concerns, strategise for optimal management, and receive expert guidance on how your specific medical history might impact your pregnancy.
Mental health considerations before conception can help identify any existing concerns, such as anxiety or depression, and establish strategies for management, whether through counselling, therapy, or lifestyle adjustments. This collaborative approach with your obstetrician ensures that both your physical and emotional health are well-integrated into your pregnancy plan.
Common factors that impact fertility include age, irregular menstrual cycles, stress, weight, smoking, and untreated sexually transmitted infections. Addressing these factors often involves lifestyle adjustments like stress management, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking. Additionally, medical conditions such as endometriosis or hormonal imbalances may require treatment. For couples experiencing fertility concerns, consulting with a healthcare provider is crucial to identify specific issues and develop a tailored plan to enhance fertility.
Yes, there are several fertility tests to consider before trying to get pregnant. These may include assessing hormonal levels, ovulation tracking, and semen analysis for both partners. Genetic carrier screening can be performed to rule out the potential for cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and fragile X syndrome. These tests can help identify any underlying issues that could affect fertility and guide personalised recommendations for optimising your chances of conceiving.
Certainly, traveling during pregnancy is generally safe for most women, but it’s essential to take certain precautions to ensure your well-being and that of your developing baby.
Many women find the second trimester (weeks 14 to 28) to be the most comfortable time for travel. However, you should discuss the timing with your healthcare provider.
Also choose destinations with access to quality healthcare facilities, especially if you are traveling to remote areas. Research local medical services and emergency care options at your destination.
It’s crucial to discuss your preexisting medications with your healthcare provider as soon as you’re planning a pregnancy. They can assess the safety of your current medications and work with you to make any necessary adjustments to ensure both your health and your baby’s well-being during pregnancy. Mothersafe is a free phone service offered to guide women on the safety of any medications they may be taking or considering taking in pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. The phone number is answered on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Phone 9382 6539 (Sydney metropolitan area), 1800 647 848 (non metropolitan area).
Dr. Jodi Croft has a passion for promoting women’s health, and that passion extends to pre-pregnancy wellness. As an experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr. Croft understands the importance of preparing for a healthy pregnancy.
Dr. Croft’s dedication to pre-pregnancy wellness allows her patients to enter pregnancy feeling confident and prepared for a healthy journey ahead.
Whether you are planning for pregnancy, currently pregnant, or need gynaecological care, Dr. Jodi Croft offers comprehensive support for women’s health. With a compassionate approach and extensive experience in obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr. Croft can provide care from preconception to postpartum wellness and beyond.