Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Pregnancy Prenatal Checks

Prenatal care refers to the health care you receive before you deliver. Prenatal care visits to a doctor normally begin sometime during the first 10 to 12 weeks of a woman's pregnancy. Prenatal care is effective when it is a combination of regular visits to your doctor and appropriate self-care during your pregnancy.

Facts about prenatal care:

  • Women who receive good prenatal care will have healthier babies.
  • Women who receive good prenatal care are less likely to have pregnancy complications.
  • Even if you do have a complication, good prenatal care increases the doctor's ability to detect the condition early.
  • Finding and treating problems early is the best way to increase your chances of having a healthy baby.

Additional evaluations include:
  • Routine prenatal checkups
  • Prenatal risk evaluation
  • Downs syndrome screening
  • Monitoring for decreased fetal movement

Continue to Pregnancy Prenatal Risk

Last Updated: Jul 7, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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