Before Your Pregnancy

You should start planning for a pregnancy even before you’re expecting. Planning ahead can reduce the chances of birth defects and other pregnancy-related problems. As a Tufts Health RITogether member, you can get an annual checkup with your primary care provider (PCP) or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN). During your appointment, your PCP or OB/GYN may:

  • Ask about your family and medical history

  • Check for tuberculosis, HIV, rubella, immunizations, and sexually transmitted infections, and do a Pap test

  • Ask about domestic violence

  • Ask about alcohol, tobacco and drug use

  • Give you ideas on how to improve your health and safety, like using seat belts, getting exercise, quitting smoking and improving your diet

  • Talk to you about taking prenatal vitamins, including folic acid

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