Preparing for Pregnancy

Trying to fall pregnant is both exciting and stressful. It is a journey that is all about preparation and education. The more you understand your body’s needs and requirements, the more likely you are to have a smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby. I’m all about helping you create the family you hope for.

So, how does this work?

General health check

Firstly, if you’ve decided to try for a baby – congrats!
Before you get started, you’ll need a general check-up.
Your check-up should include:

  • Thorough medical history
  • Weight screening
  • Blood pressure
  • Breast check
  • Making sure your cervical screening test (prior known as pap smear) is up to date
  • Blood tests
  • And, lifestyle advice

If you have a partner, they’ll need a health check too!

Fertility health assessment

Next, we want to do a fertility health assessment. This is a great way to proactively care for your fertility and increase your chances of conception. You can book an appointment with me to get the ball rolling below. Based on your medical history and individual circumstances, I may recommend a series of tests.

For women, these tests may include:

  • A routine set of antenatal blood tests. This includes your karyotype (chromosomes), blood group, full blood count, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and immunity to rubella (German measles) and varicella (chickenpox). It also screens for thalassemia and STIs including syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B and C
  • An AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) blood test to measure your ovarian reserve
  • A pelvic ultrasound (days 5 – 10 of your cycle). For more complex cases, a patient may require a specialised pelvic ultrasound – such as a HyCoSy (used to examine the fallopian tubes and other pelvic organs) or a Sonohysterogram (a study of the uterus)
  • An up-to-date cervical screening test
  • Preconception genetic carrier screening

For men, these tests may include:

  • A routine set of blood tests. This includes your karyotype (chromosomes) and blood test to screen for STIs including HIV, Hepatitis B and C
  • A blood test to assess male hormones such as testosterone is sometimes required
  • Preconception genetic carrier screening
  • A semen analysis to check for sperm quality and possible infections. In the case of abnormal semen results – such as low sperm count, poor motility (movement) and poor morphology (shape) – some men will need to have two semen analyses completed

If you’re interested in knowing more about your fertility or your partner’s fertility, please get in contact.

Make an appointment with a fertility specialist in Sydney

If you’re ready to know more about your own fertility journey or you’d like to know more, take the first step and book an appointment today.