Health Tip: Prenatal Care Is Important
Visit a doctor, get screened before baby arrives
(HealthDay News) -- Getting regular checkups and screening tests -- what doctors call prenatal care -- is key to keeping you and the developing baby healthy during pregnancy.
The womenshealth.gov website says here's what you should expect during prenatal care visits:
- The first visit should include a physical and gynecological exam, medical history and blood work.
- All visits should include weight measurement and blood pressure checks.
- Measuring the fetal heart rate.
- Measuring your belly to monitor baby's growth.
- Routine screenings should include a gestational diabetes test, tests to detect any infection, and tests to detect conditions such as anemia.