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Preconception

You probably have a million questions for your healthcare provider – most women do. This list below will help you start a discussion about prenatal nutrition so you can get the information and support you need. Check off the questions that you want or need answered.

Preconception Checklist

Print out this page and bring with you to your appointment to help get the discussion started with your doctor.

Questions to discuss with your Doctor
  • When should I start taking a prenatal vitamin?
  • What type of prenatal vitamin do I need?
  • What ingredients are most important in a prenatal vitamin and why? How much of each should I take?
  • Are there any medications my partner should avoid as we try to become pregnant?
  • How much folic acid do I need?
  • I’ve heard about omega-3 fatty acids – why are they important during pregnancy?
  • How do I get the right amount of omega-3s?
  • Do I need to quit drinking alcohol?
  • When do I quit smoking?
  • Can I still drink coffee or caffeinated drinks?
  • Which prescription or over-the-counter medications are safe?
  • Is my current weight a problem?
  • What foods should I eat?
  • What foods should I stay away from?
  • Can I continue to exercise?
  • What kind of exercise program should I follow?
  • What do I need to know about my family health history?
  • What do I need to know about my partner’s family health history?
  • How long should I be off my oral contraceptive before trying to get pregnant?
  • When do I ovulate? How do I track my ovulation?
  • Are there any special screening tests I need to take?
  • How long should I expect it to take to get pregnant?
  • What physical signs or symptoms should I be aware of as I prepare for pregnancy?
  • Is there anything related to my job or workplace that may present pregnancy-related health risks?
  • Are there any changes I need to make with my pets when I become pregnant?