The current pandemic has upended so many aspects of everyday life, but for people considering pregnancy or already pregnant, those changes can feel even more overwhelming. With medical appointments delayed or moved to telemedicine sessions, many women may feel more uncertainty about their healthcare.
Here are some ways to make this time productive:
- Here are some ways to make this time productive:
- Track your cycles – If you’re not already doing so, start tracking your monthly cycles to see how regular they are and consider taking an ovulation test or fertility test if they’ve been irregular.
- Gather your medical records - If you’ve moved or seen different physicians in the last 5 years, contact their offices to obtain your medical records. If not, make a list of any health events or significant medical activities. It’s also a good way to be sure you’re up to date on vaccines.
- Consider at-home genetic testing – Parents may have genetic conditions that can be passed onto unborn children. Leading health organizations (like ACOG) recommend carrier screening be offered to all women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. Tests kits are available online and can be done right at home!
- It’s time to go virtual! - By gathering pertinent information, you’ve just made your first tele-health appointment more valuable by providing your doctor with everything needed to start the journey.