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When you're expecting a baby or trying to get pregnant, prenatal care is absolutely crucial. This includes things like going to the doctor early and as he recommends, caring for yourself properly, and adhering to any special instructions your doctor gives you.
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The first step in prenatal care comes before you get pregnant. While you're trying to have a baby, you should quit drinking or smoking, and have a complete checkup to make certain you don't have any health issues. At the very least, you should eat healthy foods and take a prenatal multivitamin.
The second step in good prenatal care is to go to your doctor as soon as you think you're pregnant. At your first appointment with the obstetrician, plan to be there as long as two hours. Make sure you give the doctor or his assistant a complete list of medications you're taking right now, as well as details on any health problems you're having right now.
In addition to what's going on with you right now, you should have a list of anything unusual that's happened in previous pregnancies and with pregnancies in your family. If you had gestational diabetes or if your family has a history of it, for instance, let your doctor know. If you're prone to really bad morning sickness, say so. If your doctor is unaware of these things, you may not get proper prenatal care.
A family history of miscarriage, birth defects, and multiple births is something your doctor should know. There may be things in prenatal care to test for and treat anything wrong with your baby. If you are experiencing any kind of abuse, now is the time to talk to your doctor. Physical and emotional abuse to you can harm your baby, and that's the last thing you want. In addition, if you are abusing drugs or otherwise engaging in risky behaviors, you should ask your doctor for help. Because withdrawal can also harm a fetus, you should quit drugs, smoking, or drinking under the supervision and full knowledge of a medical professional.
The last thing you should do for proper prenatal care is pick up a good, recent book on pregnancy. Some very surprising things can put your baby at risk long tub baths in very warm water, for instance, while relaxing for you, are statistically related to some serious birth defects. Your best prenatal care is to know what's good for you and to follow your doctor's advice.