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Prepare yourself now for a healthy pregnancy:

If you are considering having a baby, you want to make sure that your little one arrives safe and sound.   You should start by making an appointment for a pre-pregnancy checkup.   This visit with your provider should occur up to a year before you want to get pregnant.  The pre-pregnancy appointment will include an assessment of your overall health.  Your physician will discuss diet, exercise, medications, and lifestyle habits to increase your chances for a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Prenatal Visits:

Soon after you discover that you are pregnant, you should schedule a visit with your physician to begin regular prenatal care visits.   During these visits, your baby’s growth and development will be monitored.   Your visit will also include counseling about proper nutrition, exercise, weight gain, and tests to check for potential risks to you or your baby’s health.  

Recommended prenatal visits are:

  • Week 1 – 28: monthly

  • Week 29 – 36: every two weeks

  • Week 37 – delivery: weekly or more

Prenatal vitamins are safe and important for you to take during pregnancy.   Folic Acid, which is also called folate, is considered a pregnancy essential to help prevent birth defects of your baby’s brain and spinal cord.  The CDC recommends that you start taking folic acid every day for at least a month before you become pregnant and every day while you are pregnant.

Selecting an OB/GYN:

For information regarding physicians that deliver at the Major Maternity Care Center, call 317-398-DOCS or click here for a list of OB/GYNs


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