What is prenatal care and why do I need it?
During pregnancy, the health care that you receive from your doctor is called prenatal care. Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. 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 prenatal care. Your doctor can spot health problems early when they see you regularly. This allows them to treat any problems early and cure many problems and prevent others. Regular prenatal care is best for you and your baby. While you’re pregnant, there are three important things to remember: • Get early prenatal care. If you know you’re pregnant, or think you might be, call your doctor to schedule a visit. • Get regular prenatal care. Your doctor will schedule you for many appointments during your pregnancy. Don’t miss these appointments, they’re all equally as important. • Follow your doctor’s advice to ensure the health of both you and baby.