Prenatal Care

TIPS for a Healthy Pregnancy and a Healthy Start for your Baby

If you think you are pregnant, see a doctor right away.

Prenatal care is the health care that a doctor or clinic gives to a pregnant woman. It is important for you to get early prenatal care.

If you go to the doctor as soon as you think you are pregnant and keep going throughout your pregnancy, you and your baby have a better chance to stay healthy.

You should receive prenatal care as often as your doctor or clinic recommends. The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend prenatal care visits take place at least:

  • Once every four weeks during the first six months of being pregnant
  • Once every two weeks during the seventh and eight months of being pregnant
  • Once every week during the last month of being pregnant
  • Or more often as directed by the doctor