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Pre conception clinic

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by claire91, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. claire91

    claire91 · Member

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    I have my first preconception clinic to attend. Could anybody tell me what to expect? Also how long do you have to take folic acid before trying to conceive?
     
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  2. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @claire91 ideally it's a good idea to start taking folic acid when you start to think about conceiving, I have never attended a preconception clinic but would imagine you are given guidelines about HbA1c targets, diet and general tips for conceiving. I sounds like a useful apt to attend to help, let us know when you do go and what they discussed as it would help others in the same boat too :)
     
  3. NaijaChick

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    Hi Claire, I too will be going back to the PC clinic after a years break. You should see the nurse who will talk about the dangers of a high Hba1c to both you and the baby. They will likely order blood tests and talk to you about testing you BG, it can be up to 7 times a day. They will then agree a BG range with you for post food/ go through your medications. It’s a important that you are prescribed 5mg of folic acid and you should ideally like non diabetics be taking this for three months before conceiving. Good luck with everything and I hope you get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy and birth.
     
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  4. claire91

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    Can you start taking folic acid before the diabetes clinic give it you by just buying some ? Of do people tend to just wait?
     
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    NaijaChick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No, you need your GP to prescribe it and it has to be 5mg as this is the diabetic dose.
     
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    Hi @claire91
    Me and my husband are due to attend our PC clinic next month. Hope all goes well with your clinic. I’d be interested to hear how it went and what to expect. X
     
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    I went to the pre conception clinic Friday. We spoke about my hba1c, blood sugars, they gave me a libre too, prescribed folic acid and spoke about what vitamins to take.
     
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    Thanks! Ours is in 2 weeks so glad we know what to expect. X
     
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