The following information is designed to answer the common questions you might have, help keep you healthy, and prepare you for the arrival and care of your new baby.
Importance of Continued Pre-Natal Care
The goal of prenatal care is to monitor the progress of your pregnancy and to identify potential problems before they become serious for either you or your baby.
- Toward the end of your third trimester, if you are low-risk with a normally progressing pregnancy, you’ll likely be seeing your healthcare provide once a week.
- A woman with a chronic condition or high-risk pregnancy may need more frequent visits.
Talking to Your Healthcare Provider
Your body has been going through several changes throughout your pregnancy. And with labor and delivery approaching, it is normal to have lots of questions.
- Sometimes it might feel awkward to talk to your healthcare provider — especially when your symptoms or questions might feel embarrassing or personal, or if you think you are worrying too much.
- Remember, your healthcare provider has probably already heard the same questions from other patients — and the most important thing is for you to feel comfortable and informed as your big day approaches.
- Your health appointment is confidential. Your healthcare provider can’t tell anyone else what you say without your permission. It is okay to tell your provider if you smoke, drink alcohol or take any drugs, or if anyone in your life hurts or scares you.
Your healthcare provider needs to know all about you and your lifestyle so that he or she can give you and your baby the best possible care.
From a nutrition standpoint, your priority during pregnancy is to eat healthfully to get the nutrients you and your unborn baby need. A healthy diet includes proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and plenty of water.
The U.S. government publishes Dietary Guidelines that can help you determine how many servings of each kind of food to eat every day. In addition, USDA’s MyPyramid — the U.S.’s framework for healthy dietary management — includes nutritional and activity guidelines that can help you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. MyPyramid encourages you to:
- Make smart choices from every food group.
- Find your balance between food and physical activity.
- Get the most nutrition out of your calories.
- Eat the recommended daily servings from each food group