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Your Guide to Prenatal Care

From the moment you first learn of your pregnancy, life has a way of taking on a whole new smeaning. It is important to go to all your prenatal visits. 

Here is some information on what to expect:During your prenatal visits, your doctor will:

  • Perform tests and ultrasounds to check on you and your baby.
  • Suggest a prenatal vitamin to give you the nutrients you need to carry a healthy baby.
  • Monitor your baby’s growth and confirm your due date.
  • Address your questions or concerns.

Your prenatal visits will most likely be:

  • Every 4 to 6 weeks during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Every 2 to 3 weeks from 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Once per week from 36 weeks of pregnancy to delivery.

While this is a precious experience that seems to pass by quickly, the steps you take for your health and well-being during this time may affect both you and your unborn child for the rest of your lives. Here are some tips that may help you have the best possible pregnancy experience and provide your child with a healthy start in life.


  • Attend all scheduled doctor's appointments and medical examinations.
  • Start taking your prenatal vitamin before getting pregnant or as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
  • Get adequate vitamins and minerals. While your body may absorb these dietary necessities better through food intake, you should always follow your doctor's recommendations for ensuring regular amounts.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration, and to promote healthy cell development for both you and your unborn child.
  • Exercise regularly. Low-impact activities such as walking are suggested. This is not only good for your overall health, but may also prepare your body for childbirth as well.
  • Prepare for your child's arrival early. This may prevent unnecessary stress in the later weeks of your pregnancy.


  • Take medications that are not approved or prescribed by your physician.
  • Place yourself in high-stress situations that are avoidable.
  • Spend a lot of time in one position without repositioning yourself. This applies to lying, standing, or sitting for long periods of time, as this may cause muscle cramping or water retention.
  • Consume alcohol. This may cause harm to your unborn child or affect the diet or medications your doctor has recommended during your pregnancy.
  • Spend excessive amounts of time in the sun. This may cause dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

Learn about your pregnancy and how to prepare for your baby, download Your Guide to Pregnancy (PDF).

Take charge of your health! Schedule your prenatal visit today.



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