Your First Prenatal Visit
Getting early and regular prenatal care helps to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. Your prenatal visits are designed to serve and help you, your partner, and your health care provider. That's why it's important to prepare a list of any questions or concerns you have before each appointment. Although visits to your health care provider will be scheduled throughout your pregnancy, the first visit is a time when your health care provider will want to:
If you have an existing medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, high blood pressure, and/or mood disorders such as depression or anxiety, it's important to see your health care provider before you get pregnant or as soon as you think you may be pregnant to discuss your medications and coordinate with your other health care providers. Working together with your health care provider will help ensure the best care for you and your baby.
Most recent page update: 9/9/2010
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