Before becoming pregnant, you may have adopted good health habits to prepare, if you baby was planned. But if you didn’t start today.
One of the first steps is learn how to take care of yourself.
See your health care provider as soon as you think you may be pregnant.
Then continue your prenatal care throughout your pregnancy. Your health care provider will guide you and your partner through the pregnancy.
During Prenatal care:
- Your health care provider assesses the health of your pregnancy. Your doctor will calculate a “due date” between 38-41 weeks of pregnancy. Your due date is determined by counting 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period.
- The progress of your pregnancy is checked. This includes your baby’s growth, changes in your weight and blood pressure, and your overall health and comfort.
- Your health care provider may find new concerns and manage existing ones before problem occur.
When you are pregnant you’re a part of a team that includes you, your baby and your health care provider. Along with additional if they are around: the partner, your family and friends. As your work toward giving your baby a healthy start, relay on your team members for support.
What matters most is protecting your baby from this moment on.
IF you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs, now is the time to stop.
If you need help contact your health care provider.
Think about your being growing inside of you.
There is more to live for!
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