Importance of Medical Care
Now that you’re pregnant, you may be wondering what kind of medical care to expect.
Pregnant women need to see their doctors as early as possible in their pregnancy, and on a regular basis after that, to make sure they are healthy and their baby is growing normally. Regular prenatal care also helps identify and treat any problems early on, so your baby has the best chance possible of being born healthy.
What to expect at the doctor's office:
According to the Cleveland Clinic's website, the first visit gives the medical professional a chance to assess your overall health and determine if you have any risk factors. The initial visit is meant to:
What kinds of tests you may be offered:
To ensure your baby is growing and healthy, your doctor may provide a number of prenatal tests or health screens. To learn more about some of these tests, please visit this March of Dimes site on prenatal care. For more information about the Prenatal Risk Screen, please click here.
Questions to ask at the doctor's office:
To access Children's Services Council programs, please call 1.888.634.7900.
For information about the Healthy Start Risk Screen please click here.
For information from Cleveland Clinic about your prenatal visits, please click here.