Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Eight Questions to Ask Your Doctor before Getting Pregnant

Published in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Wellness

Author: Staff

You're thinking about having a baby! Have you made an appointment with your doctor for a preconception check-up? A pre-pregnancy visit to the doctor's office is a smart move for anyone trying to have a baby, particularly for first-time moms or those with underlying health concerns. But what do you need to know?

These are common questions all moms-to-be should consider asking:

  1. How could my medical conditions (be sure to share any pre-existing conditions you may have) have an effect on my ability to get pregnant or my pregnancy?
  2. How long do I need to be off of birth control before trying to become pregnant?
  3. How long does it take most couples to conceive?
  4. What should I do to get ready for pregnancy? Are there any lifestyle changes I should make?
  5. Are there any vaccinations or immunizations that I need before getting pregnant?
  6. Is it okay to continue taking my medication, either over-the-counter or prescription, while trying to conceive or when I become pregnant?
  7. What vitamins or supplements should I take while trying to get pregnant? When should I start taking them?
  8. Could my family health history affect my ability to conceive, my pregnancy or my future baby?

Even if having a baby is a distant thought, you can still talk to your doctor about pregnancy at anytime. Trying to get pregnant can be stressful for some, but a visit with your doctor can help ease your concerns so you can enjoy your pregnancy journey from start to baby.