What Is Prenatal Care?
Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by:
Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care. Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Regular health care is best for you and your baby.
I am thinking about getting pregnant. How can I take care of myself?
You should start taking care of yourself before you start trying to get pregnant. By staying active, eating right, and taking a multivitamin, you can help keep yourself and your baby healthy even before it is conceived. This will help you have a healthy pregnancy and lower your chances of having a baby born with a birth defect.
Here are some ways to take care of yourself before you get pregnant:
Some things you can do to take care of yourself and the precious life growing inside you include:
Lifeboat Medical Associates will give you a schedule of all the doctor's visits you should have while pregnant. As your pregnancy progresses, you'll see the doctor more often. Most experts suggest you see your doctor:
What happens during prenatal visits?
During the first prenatal visit, you can expect your doctor or nurse to do the following:
I am in my late 30s and I want to get pregnant. Should I do anything special?
As you age, you have an increasing chance of having a baby born with a birth defect. Yet most women in their late 30s and early 40s have healthy babies. See your doctor regularly before you even start trying to get pregnant. She will be able to help you prepare your body for pregnancy. She will also be able to tell you about how age can affect pregnancy.
During your pregnancy, seeing your doctor regularly is very important. Because of your age, your doctor will probably suggest some additional tests to check on your baby's health.More and more women are waiting until they are in their 30s and 40s to have children. While many women of this age have no problems getting pregnant, fertility does decline with age. Women over 40 who don't get pregnant after six months of trying should see their doctors for a fertility evaluation.
Experts define infertility as the inability to become pregnant after trying for one year. If you think you or your partner may be infertile, talk to your doctor. She or he will be able to suggest treatments such as drugs, surgery, or assisted reproductive technology.
If you wish to setup an appointment for your prenatal care with Lifeboat Medical Associates, please call our office at 770-631-4873
For More Information
You can find out more about prenatal care by contacting the National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) at 1-800-994-9662 or the following organizations:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Phone Number(s): (770) 488-7150, (888) 232-6789
Internet Address: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/
Smart Moms, Healthy Babies
Phone Numbers(s): (734) 936-4000
Internet Address: http://www.smartmoms.org/
March of Dimes
Phone Number(s): (914) 428-7100, (888) 663-4637
Internet Address: http://www.modimes.org/
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Phone Number(s): (800) 762-2264 x 192 (for publications requests only)
Internet Address: http://www.acog.org/
American Academy of Family Physicians
Phone Number(s): (913) 906-6000
Internet Address: http://www.aafp.org/
The Nemours Foundation
Phone Number(s): (302) 651-4046
Internet Address: http://www.nemours.org