Taken from The First Things First Parent Kit
When you are pregnant, your body will change, and you will have many new feelings. Taking good care of yourself becomes more important than ever. Start getting health care as soon as you can. Research shows that the more you are cared for during pregnancy, the better you can care for your newborn.
Get Prenatal Care as Soon as You Can
As soon as you think you are pregnant, you should start getting regular medical check-ups. This is known as prenatal (before birth) care. Prenatal care is for both you and your baby. You can see a family practice doctor, or a doctor who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth (obstetrician-gynecologist). Or you can see a nurse midwife or nurse practitioner. For free and low-cost prenatal care, contact AHCCCS (Access).
Prenatal Health Care Visits
At each visit, your doctor or other health care provider will check your health and your baby’s heartbeat and growth.
She will test your blood for low iron, hepatitis B, diabetes and other problems. She can also test for HIV, tuberculosis and certain rare birth defects. Many of these problems can be treated.
Ask about getting flu and Tdap vaccines. Tdap guards against whooping cough. These vaccines are safe during pregnancy.
Tell your provider all the medicines, vitamins and herbs you take. Ask if they are safe to take during pregnancy.
Say if you have back strain or are exposed to any chemicals or radiation at work.
If you want to learn more about nutrition, how your body is changing, what to expect during and after birth and more, set up an appointment for our Earn-While-You-Learn classes. The classes are free!