Prenatal care is medical care you get during pregnancy. At each prenatal care visit, your health care provider checks on you and your growing baby.
Go to all your prenatal care checkups, even if you’re feeling fine. All pregnant women get blood and urine tests and a blood pressure check at every visit.
Your provider may recommend certain vaccinations or prenatal tests at your checkups. Prenatal tests make sure your baby is healthy and they include amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and ultrasound. Your provider also asks you about your family health history to see if certain medical conditions run in your family. Tell your provider how you’re feeling and ask lots of questions so you know what’s happening throughout your pregnancy.
In This Topic
- Amniotic fluid
- Calculating your due date
- Choosing your prenatal care provider
- Chorionic villus sampling
- Common discomforts of pregnancy
- Dental health during pregnancy
- Health insurance during pregnancy
- How your baby grows
- Later prenatal checkups
- Morning sickness
- Prenatal tests
- Ultrasound during pregnancy
- Vaccinations and pregnancy
- Your first prenatal care checkup