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What preconception tests might I need?

Talking to your health care provider about your health history and lifestyle habits is important. This information may prompt your health care provider to give you certain tests to find out if you have problems that could harm you or your fetus.

Your health care provider may test you for the following:

  • Rubella

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Genetic disorders

  • Other problems



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