During the pregnancy of their companion, future parents also have the right to a medical examination fully covered by social security, provided that it is carried out before the end of the 4th month of pregnancy.
For nine months, the pregnant woman is the object of all attention. Blood tests, urine tests, ultrasounds, pregnancy is marked by numerous appointments aimed at ensuring that everything is fine for the future mother and her baby. Corn the future dad can also benefit from a complete health exam, 100% covered for health insurance. When to do it, what tests to perform, what are the recommended vaccines? We take stock with midwife Anh-Chi Ton.
Why does the father have to know and communicate his blood type?
Apart from a proven health problem in the future father, for example if he is a carrier of a genetic abnormality, little attention is paid to his health during his partner’s pregnancy! “During pregnancy we are very focused on caring for the mother and her baby. The only doubt that worries the future father is that of his blood group. If the expectant mother is rhesus negative and the father is rhesus positive, the baby may be rhesus positive. This results in an Rh incompatibility between the pregnant woman and her baby..”, explains Anh-Chi Ton, a midwife. This Rh incompatibility can lead to the destruction of the fetus’s red blood cells, which can cause potentially serious anemia. The mother will then be injected with Anti-D immunoglobulins.
When should the father-to-be have a health exam?
The complete health examination of the future father must be carried out before the end of the 4th month of pregnancy from your partner. This is not a required appointment, so the dad-to-be is free to do it or not! If the four-month period is ever exceeded, obviously nothing prevents you from making an appointment with your treating doctor to take stock.
Health exam of the father-to-be: what exams are covered?
When the dad-to-be makes a doctor’s appointment, he can prescribe all laboratory tests you deem necessary. “In addition to the blood group, if the father does not know it, it is possible, for example, perform serology for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis. But this is especially important for pregnant women. the midwife observes. Whatever examinations are carried out, they will then be 100% covered by Social Security.
What are the recommended vaccines for the future dad?
- Whooping cough vaccine: “We strongly recommend that future parents, but also those close to the newborn (parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitter, etc.) get vaccinated against whooping cough. The baby is vaccinated at 2, 4 and 11 months, but before receiving these doses he is very vulnerable and the disease can be fatal. The latter recalls that in France, a pregnant woman cannot be vaccinated against whooping cough. If she is planning a pregnancy, it may help to do it before she gets pregnant, otherwise she can do it after the baby is born.
- The flu shot? In prevention, and in order not to contaminate your companion, you can also get vaccinated against the fluAnh-Chi Ton explains. The latter reminds us that in France, a pregnant woman cannot be vaccinated against whooping cough.
Early prenatal maintenance, dad-to-be welcome too!
In addition to this health examination that is entirely dedicated to you, the presence of the father-to-be is also more than welcome during early prenatal care (EPP), also called “fourth month maintenance.” This appointment, which does not count in the seven pregnancy appointments, but is still 100% reimbursed without payment in advance, is not a medical examination. It can be done with a midwife or doctor, as a liberal or within a PMI. This interview is an opportunity for prospective parentsaddress all the questions that go through their minds, about the course of pregnancy, childbirth, birth plans, postpartum but also to express their possible fears and doubts about their future role as parents. During this meeting, expectant parents can also report any difficulties they may have (medical, social, psychological) to see what can be implemented to help them.
Thanks to Anh-Chi Ton, midwife.