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Pregnancy and prenatal care go hand in hand. During the first trimester, prenatal care includes blood tests, a physical exam, conversations about lifestyle and more. But before pregnancy, you should think about preconception health. This is when you start preparing your body for a healthy pregnancy, usually 3 months before getting pregnant.
5 important things to do to prepare for a healthy pregnancy:
Even if it’s your first or third pregnancy, early prenatal care is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Choosing a doctor to coordinate your care during, before and during pregnancy is a big decision. 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. Set aside enough time for the visit. You and your health care provider have plenty to discuss! You might want to include your partner in the appointment as well.
What to expect:
A few things to remember when you’re pregnant
Your health and your baby’s health is top priority. 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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