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Pregnancy and prenatal care are closely linked to healthy pregnancy. During the first trimester, prenatal care includes physical exams, blood tests, conversations about lifestyle and much more. Pregnancy is a process. But before you get pregnant, you should consider preconception health. This is when you start prepping your body for a healthy pregnancy. Preconception preparation usually starts 3 months before getting pregnant.
5 actions you can take to prepare for a healthy pregnancy:
Even if it is your third or first pregnancy, early prenatal care is a critical part of a healthy pregnancy. Selecting a doctor to coordinate your care during, before and during pregnancy is a big decision. You can use Provider Finder ® to see providers and hospitals that specialize in maternity care. Whether you choose a family physician, obstetrician, midwife or group prenatal care, here's what to expect during the first few prenatal appointments.
Your first prenatal doctors visitAs soon as you think you're pregnant, schedule your first prenatal appointment. You and your health care provider have plenty to discuss! Set aside enough time for the visit. You may want to include your partner in the appointment as well, but only if that makes you comfortable.
What you can expect:
Some things to remember when you’re pregnant
Your health and your baby’s health is very important. The best way to make sure you’re both ready for the big day is to see your doctor regularly and follow his orders.
REFERENCES: Pregnancy week by week http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-care/art-20044882 Prenatal Care http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/prenatal-care.pdf
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