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Keep in mind, a healthy pregnancy is rooted in good health before you are even carrying a baby. Before you get pregnant, consider your preconception health. It’s good to prep your body for a healthy pregnancy. Start about three months before getting pregnant.
Here are five steps you can take to prepare for a healthy pregnancy from the Office on Women's Health:
It doesn't matter if this is your first pregnancy or your third, early prenatal care is a critical part of every healthy pregnancy. Selecting a doctor to coordinate your care is a big decision. You can use our Provider Finder® to see care providers and hospitals that specialize in maternity care.
Whether you choose a family doctor, obstetrician, midwife or group prenatal care, here's what you can expect during the first few prenatal appointments.
As soon as you think you're pregnant, schedule your first prenatal appointment. You and your health care provider have plenty to discuss. You may want to include your partner in the appointment, but only if that makes you comfortable.
You can expect your doctor to cover the basics, says the Mayo Clinic:
Your health and your baby’s health is very important. See your doctor regularly and follow their advice to make sure you’re both ready for the big day.
Originally published 11/30/2015; Revised 2021, 2023
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