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Pre-pregnancy Check Up

Are you hoping to get pregnant soon? Having a pre-pregnancy check up before you start trying to conceive is the best way of ensuring a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Gynae Clinic provides early pregnancy checks to help you get your own health in order, making sure your body is ready for this new exciting chapter in your life.

Medical conditions and lifestyle factors can affect both pregnancy and your ability to conceive. Your experienced London gynaecologist will help sort out any health issues now, including ones you may not be aware of, to avoid complications for you and your baby during pregnancy and childbirth.

When should I have a pre-pregnancy check?

If you are facing pre-pregnancy symptoms you may go for a check up at any time, preferably up to one year before you want to get pregnant.

What does a pre-pregnancy test involve?

Health and lifestyle check

You can go for a pre-pregnancy counciling at any time, preferably up to one year before you want to get pregnant.

  • Gynaecological history — menstrual cycle, pap smears, STDs, and contraceptive habits
  • Obstetric history (if you’ve been pregnant before)
  • Medical history — you will be advised on how to manage conditions that could complicate your pregnancy with specialist referral if necessary
  • Vaccination history — bring your immunisation record along with you if you have one
  • Medications and allergies — make a list of every medication you take with details of dosage

Physical and gynaecological exam

Your private gynaecologist may perform any of the following examinations:

  • A physical exam to measure your height, weight, and blood pressure
  • A pap smear to screen for cervical cancer, and other precancerous changes in the cervix, as well as gonorrhoea and chlamydia — this is only necessary if it’s been more than a year since your last pap smear.
  • Examination of the abdomen, vagina, and breasts to check for lumps or any irregularities that may cause problems during pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Vaginal swab to check for infections, including yeast infections and trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection — symptoms include redness, discharge, itching, and burning.
  • A pelvic ultrasound scan to make sure your genital organs — your ovaries, uterus, and cervix — are healthy

Blood tests

At Gynae Clinic gynaecologist will test your blood to check for:

  • Anaemia (iron deficiency)
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • An underactive thyroid
  • Your immunity to rubella or chickenpox
  • Hepatitis B — if you’re at risk
  • Herpes — if your partner has herpes and you haven’t had symptoms

Anaemia can be treated with iron supplements, while vaccinations can be given for hepatitis B, rubella and chickenpox. Your gynaecologist will phone you with the results of your blood test, and book you in for a follow-up appointment if required within the next couple of weeks.

If you’re interested in having a pre-pregnancy check at the Gynae Clinic, please get in touch with us today.

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