What is Prenatal Care and Why is it Important?

What is Prenatal Care and Why is it Important?

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OK, so you got your positive pregnancy test! Congratulations! Prenatal care is something every pregnant woman needs. Having this type of care can help ensure that the health of the baby and the mother is being cared for properly. It is also something that can help determine if any complications are in place throughout your pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

For many women, determining the best time to start prenatal care is a little difficult. Here are a few things you should about when you should begin prenatal care.

What Happens at Prenatal Appointments?

When you go to a doctor while you are pregnant, you will learn many things. For example, your doctor will assess your pregnancy and determine when your due date is. During this appointment, your doctor will also take a look at your health, diet and overall activity level to determine if any changes needs to be made.

You will also provide urine tests on every appointment and a blood test occasionally. These tests will help look for issues with your blood and urine, which could be important if you have any medical issues to be concerned about. Your fundal height is also something that your doctor will check. This tells your doctor how your baby is developing and if it is developing the right way.


When to Start Prenatal Care?

Your should begin planning your prenatal care as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Your doctor will probably want to see you to run some blood tests and to confirm your pregnancy. It’s possible that an ultrasound will be run during this appointment so that your doctor can check how far along you are.

During this first appointment, you will want to discuss your medical history with your doctor as well as any symptoms you are already having. You will also learn about the things you should keep an eye out for during your pregnancy.

After your first appointment, you will set up an appointment for the next time. As your pregnancy progresses, your appointments will become closer and closer to one another. By the time you get ready to deliver your baby, you will be attending an appointment every week.

In order to make sure your pregnancy remains healthy, it is always important to attend any appointment your doctor sets up. These doctors’ appointments will help insure that you and your baby are healthy and that there are no problems surfacing during your pregnancy. You will also have the opportunity to discuss any concerns you have during your appointments.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.