Fathers-to-be are also entitled to a medical examination that is fully subject to social insurance contributions during the pregnancy of their partner, provided this is carried out before the end of the 4th month of pregnancy.
For nine months, the pregnant woman is the center of attention. Blood tests, urine tests, ultrasound scans, the pregnancy is punctuated by numerous appointments to ensure that the mother-to-be and her baby are doing well. Corn The father-to-be can also benefit from a full health check, which is 100% covered through the health insurance company. When to do, which examinations to carry out, which vaccinations are recommended? We take stock with midwife Anh-Chi Ton.
Why does the father have to know and communicate his blood group?
Apart from a proven health problem in the future dad, 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 focus a lot on the care of the mother and her baby. The only question that worries the future dad is his blood type. If the expectant mother is Rhesus negative and the father is Rhesus positive, the baby may be Rhesus positive. This leads to Rh incompatibility between the pregnant woman and her baby..”, explains Anh-Chi Ton, midwife. This Rh incompatibility can lead to the destruction of the fetus’s red blood cells, which can cause potentially severe anemia. The mother is then injected with anti-D immunoglobulins.
When should the expectant dad have a health check-up?
The full health check of the father-to-be must be done before the end of the 4th month of pregnancy his companion. This is not a mandatory appointment, so the father-to-be is free to do it or not! Should the four-month period be exceeded, there is obviously nothing to prevent him from arranging an appointment with his doctor to take stock.
Health examination of the father-to-be: which examinations are covered?
If the future father makes an appointment with the doctor, he can prescribe any laboratory tests he deems necessary. “In addition to the blood group, if the father does not know it, you can do that, for example carry out an HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis serology. But this is particularly important for pregnant women. observes the midwife. Whatever investigations are carried out, they will be 100% subject to social insurance.
What are the recommended vaccines for the future father?
- Whooping cough vaccine: “We strongly recommend future fathers, but also people close to them (parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitters, etc.) to get vaccinated against whooping cough. The baby is vaccinated at 2, 4 and 11 months of age, but before they receive these doses they are very susceptible and the disease can be fatal. The latter reminds that in France a pregnant woman cannot be vaccinated against whooping cough. Therefore, if you are planning a pregnancy, it may make sense to do it before you get pregnant, otherwise you can do it after the baby is born.
- The flu shot? As a preventive measure, and so as not to infect his companion, he can also be vaccinated against the flu‘ explains Anh-Chi Ton. The latter reminds us that in France it is not possible to vaccinate a pregnant woman against whooping cough.
Early prenatal care, the expectant dad is also welcome!
In addition to this health examination entirely dedicated to him the presence of the father-to-be is also more than desirable during the prenatal screening (EPP)., also called “fourth month maintenance”. This appointment, which is not one of the seven pregnancy appointments but is still 100% reimbursed with no prepayment, is not a medical examination. It can be done with a midwife or doctor, as a liberal, or within a PMI. This conversation is an opportunity for expectant parentsaddress all the questions that are going through their heads about the course of pregnancy, childbirth, birth plans, postpartum but also to express their possible fears and doubts regarding their future role as parents. During this meeting, expectant parents can also report any difficulties (medical, social, psychological) to see what can be done to help them.
Thanks to Anh-Chi Ton, midwife.