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  • The Importance of Prenatal Care

    You just realized you are pregnant… One of the greatest news a woman can receive. A moment that comes with immediate joy, but also with tons of questions that leave you feeling somehow overwhelmed. The second piece of good news is that you don’t have to figure it all out right after you found out of your pregnancy. It is a process and you will get the answers as you go.

    By now, you probably have shared the good news with your significant other and your closest relatives, or maybe with your entire list of friend as well, but remember that above all, you should not forget to make the call to your Obstetrician. If you don’t have one, it’s time to get one… ask for recommendations or call your health insurance to determine which Physicians are covered by your insurance.

    Once you’ve made your decision, you will be scheduled for your first prenatal appointment usually when you are at least 8 weeks pregnant. Your doctor will go over your medical history and most likely will perform a complete physical examination as well as urine and blood tests during this visit.

    From now on, you might see your obstetrician once or twice a month for the first eight months, and then every week for the final month, but the amount of visits will vary depending on the particular risk of your pregnancy. During these appointments, your doctor will check on your health and make sure the baby is growing as expected. This is a good time to share with him/her all your concerns and get the answers to all the questions you might have.

    Besides the routine test, your health provider will talk about proper nutrition and the importance of avoiding alcohol drinks and cigarettes. Having a healthy and balanced diet will be key for a healthy pregnancy and more importantly, a healthy baby. Remember that you are now eating for two, and because you will need more calcium, iron, and folic acid than you did before, your doctor will prescribe prenatal vitamins to ensure that you and your growing baby are getting enough of these key vitamins and minerals.

    By now, you are following your Doctor advice, you have the support from your family and friends, and everything is going as planned but suddenly you start getting these mood swings. Don’t worry! During your pregnancy, you will experience all kind of emotions. One day you might feel overjoyed at the thought of having a baby and next day you may feel depressed or anxious. You will feel completely exhausted trying the get out of bed, or with so much of energy that you might want to run a marathon. Think of this journey as a rollercoaster, you don’t always know what to expect but at the end you won’t have any doubt that it was worth the ride.

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