Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is a free health service that is available to help you and your baby stay healthy during pregnancy and once the baby arrives. You can get prenatal care from a nurse, a doctor or a midwife.

What needs to be done and when?

- See your doctor, nurse or midwife at least once a month when you are first pregnant and then more often as your baby grows. Early and regular care is important!

- At your first visit we will:

  • weigh you
  • take your blood pressure
  • figure out when your baby is expected to come
  • do a social and medical history
  • draw blood and test your urine to check for any infections
  • set up supports for you and your baby, and
  • listen to your baby’s heart beat (after 12 weeks of pregnancy).

- An ultrasound is important at some point in your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor or midwife about when is the best time. An ultrasound will show us a picture of your baby.

Find out where you can get care in your area.

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