Prenatal Care Keeps You and Your Baby Healthy
Prenatal care is medical care you get while pregnant. You can get prenatal care from certain health providers. This includes a family practice doctor or OB. It can also be a midwife or nurse practitioner.
Women who don’t get prenatal care are more likely to have problems. The baby might have a low birth weight, be infected or have other problems that need treatment.
Here is what happens at a typical prenatal check-up:
- Your provider checks on you and your growing baby.
- Your provider checks your weight, blood and urine.
- You can find out your due date.
- You find out if there are any vaccinations you need.
- You can see your baby for the first time with an ultrasound.
Every pregnancy is different. Use your prenatal check-up to ask your provider any questions you have. Be prepared for each visit with a list of questions. Take good notes during the visit as your doctor answers the questions.
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