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All of your pre-pregnancy questions answered: do you need to stop drinking caffeine, which prenatal vitamins to take, and when to get off birth control

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Posted at 1:45 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 15:45:40-04

Dr. Doug Burgett, OB/GYN answers some of the most common pre-pregnancy questions he gets asked.

Q: Do you need to cut caffeine out of your diet if you plan to become pregnant soon?

A: You do not need to completely cut it out of your diet, just think about cutting back a little bit to 1-2 cups a day.

Q: What if your prenatal vitamins make you feel nauseous?

A: Dr. Burgett tells his patients to try all of the different prenatal vitamins available. Everything from pills to gummy bears to see what works best for you. If all of them make you feel sick he recommends to instead focus on a healthy diet and forego taking the pills.

Q: When should you get off birth control if you would like to become pregnant?

A: It depends on what kind of birth control you are on.

Birth control pills: Plan on becoming pregnant within 1-6 months of going off the pill.

IUD: After taking the IUD out you can become pregnant within a few days to a few months.

Depo-Provera shot: It can take 12-18 months to return to fertility after stopping the injections.