"Prenatal" means before birth. Prenatal care is the care you receive during pregnancy. You need this special care to help you uncover any problems before they become serious. Healthcare providers are trained to deal with pregnancy. They can and will answer your questions and address your concerns during this important time.
Prenatal care affects your pregnancy positively in several ways, so be confident you have the best you can find. With confidence in your healthcare provider, you will be able to relax and enjoy your pregnancy. It really is a special and an enjoyable time in your life. Do everything possible to make it the best 9 months for your growing baby. Getting good prenatal care is an excellent beginning!
Your First Visit
Your first visit may be the longest. You will be asked a lot of questions. You will have a physical exam. Lab tests may be ordered now or at your next visit.
You will be asked for your complete medical history, including information about your periods, recent birth-control methods and previous pregnancies. Tell your healthcare provider about any miscarriages or abortions. Be sure to include information about hospital stays or surgeries you have had.
Your doctor needs to know about any medications you take or any medications you are allergic to. Your family's past medical history may be important, such as the occurrence of diabetes or other illnesses. Be sure to tell him or her about any chronic medical problems you have. If you have medical records, bring them with you.