Ensure any medical conditions are under control to reduce complications to your pregnancy and your health.
For women with medical complications, it is always best to plan your pregnancy and discuss your condition with a health care/specialist to prevent any problems from arising in the pregnancy. When I see patients with a medical complication, there are three questions I discuss with them:
- What is the impact of your medical condition on the pregnancy?
- What is the impact of pregnancy on your medical condition?
- What is the impact of your medications on the baby?
It is always best to wait until your condition is well controlled and has been stable for a period of time before you try to get pregnant. Flare ups in your medical condition are often harder to control after you are pregnant and some medications that might have been used to treat your condition may not be recommended in pregnancy. Diabetes is a good example of this. If you have poor control of your sugars, you significantly increase the chances of problems for you and your baby during pregnancy.