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Gynecologist and assistant professor Jeannette Lager shares what she wishes her patients would do before getting pregnant.
Jeannette Lager, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF. Passionate about developing our future healthcare leaders, Dr. Lager is the Director of Medical Student Education and the Clinical Clerkship Director for Obstetrics and Gynecology for the School of Medicine.
Video produced by Paige Bierma.
Here are the most important things to do before you start trying to get pregnant. First, start a prenatal vitamin or folic acid at least a month prior to trying. Second, have a preconception visit with your OB-GYN. They can review your history, go for your medications, and identify any issues or risk factors where you might need to see a specialist prior to trying to conceive. And consider genetic carrier screening. This is a simple blood test or saliva test that will inform you about the risk of conceiving a baby with a serious genetic disease. Finally, prioritize your health. Make sure you get lots of sleep, make healthy food choices, continue or start an exercise regimen. This is a great opportunity to identify areas to optimize your health prior to welcoming a baby into your life.