Dr Suman Bijlani, Gynaecologist, Sonologist, Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Mumbai.

Planning a pregnancy? All you wanted to know….

Your general health, nutrition and weight should be at their best before pregnancy so that you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Do the following blood tests if you are planning for a baby:


  • CBC (basic blood evaluation)
  • FBS (fasting blood sugar)
  • PPBS (post lunch blood sugar)
  • TSH (for thyroid)
  • Urine Routine
  • HIV (for infection)
  • HCV (for infection)
  • HbsAg (for infection)
  • VDRL (for infection)
  • HB Electrophoresis (to rule out thalassemia)
  • PAP Smear (cervical cancer screening)
  • Routine pelvic ultrasound (to check for any problem/fibroid,etc.)

You may need more tests if you have a specific high risk concern or familial disease.


  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise regularly – moderate exercise about 4 times a week
  • De-stress – meditate, breaks, sleep well
  • Maintain healthy weight (BMI – 20 to 23 is best)
  • Take folic acid supplements
  • Get vaccinated (hepatitis B, chicken pox, rubella as indicated)
  • Do see a gynaecologist about 6 months before you plan for best results


  • Smoke (preferably husbands should not smoke much in your presence)
  • Drink excessively (social drinking in small amount permitted – Your husband may drink in your presence, lol) 
  • Addictive drugs (absolute no-no) 
  • Medications for illnesses (to continue after consultation with gynaecologist)


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