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Learn your medical history

Know Your History...and His

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Before you get pregnant, have a medical exam. During the exam, your doctor or nurse will ask you questions about your medical history. He or she will want to know about:

  • Diseases you or someone in your family may have
    or had
  • Drugs or medications you are taking (include prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins or herbal supplements)
  • Previous pregnancies

Some diseases run in families. These include Opens in new windowdiabetes (high blood sugar), Opens in new windowhigh blood pressure, Opens in new windowTay-Sachs, Opens in new windowsickle cell and Opens in new windowcystic fibrosis. These might cause problems during pregnancy or be passed on to the baby.

Some drugs, medications and herbal supplements may not be safe during pregnancy. If you are taking any medicines (prescription or non-prescription), tell your doctor or nurse.

Have you been pregnant before? If so, was the baby born healthy? Did the baby need extra care? Were there any complications during your pregnancy? Your doctor can use this information to help you plan a healthy pregnancy.

His Medical History

Without your partner's medical history, you only know half of the story. Have your partner talk with the doctor or nurse about:

  • Diseases he or someone in his family may have or had
  • Drugs/medications he is taking (include prescription and non-prescription, vitamins or herbal supplements)
  • Other concerns he may have such as exposure to chemicals on the job, etc.

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North Carolina

Opens in new windowNC Health Info - Links to Genetic Counseling sites across the state

Opens in new windowNorth Carolina Sickle Cell Program - For more information, call 1-866-627-2355

Opens in new windowCystic Fibrosis Foundation Chapters and Care Centers in North Carolina - for locations in your area


For more health information, search MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You

Opens in new windowAmerican Diabetes Association - For more information, call 1-800-342-2383

Opens in new windowAmerican Heart Association - For more information, call 1-800-242-8721

Opens in new windowSickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. - For information, call 1-800-421-8453

Opens in new windowCystic Fibrosis Association - For more information, call 1-800-344-4823

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Last updated: August 2014

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