Prenatal care: every checkup matters

Proper prenatal care gives baby the best start

There’s no doubt about it—pregnancy is an exciting stage. It’s a special time to prepare for a new addition to the family and to make arrangements to give your little one the best shot at a healthy, happy start. But getting ready for Baby involves more than setting up the nursery. Ensuring you get the proper prenatal care is vital to giving you and your baby the best chance for healthy development and a safe, full-term pregnancy.

In fact, the March of Dimes 2020 Report Card identified inadequate prenatal care as one of the biggest risk factors for premature birth and infant mortality in the United States today. Luckily, early and regular visits to an OB/GYN, family physician, certified nurse midwife or nurse practitioner can help identify and treat potential complications right away. Health care providers recommend making your first prenatal care checkup as soon as you know you are pregnant and continuing to attend regular checkups throughout your pregnancy, increasing the frequency each trimester.

Prenatal health care visits can include physical exams, weight checks, blood tests, and ultrasounds to monitor the baby’s development, check for any abnormalities, and determine if any extra precautions or interventions are necessary. By staying ahead of potential complications, you drastically increase your chances for safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Never miss a doctor visit - download your free prenatal checkup guide now

We know keeping track of frequent checkups can be daunting, so to help you stay on top of these critical appointments, we’ve created a downloadable, easy-to-use prenatal checkup guide that spells out when and how often to visit the your healthcare provider during each trimester. Simply fill in your due date, and the chart automatically generates the ideal dates for you to schedule all of your appointments, just like that! So don’t hesitate—use this intuitive guide today to help you stay on track and make sure your baby gets the best head start possible.

At-home care counts too

As important as regular doctor visits are, pre- and postnatal care don’t end at the doctor’s office. Taking care of yourself at home is another crucial component of a healthy pregnancy and birth. An at-home prenatal regimen involves making sure you’re getting the proper nutrition, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, doing the appropriate amount of exercise for your pregnancy stage, and taking prenatal vitamins and supplements such as folic acid.  

Also, don’t forget to take your own comfort into account. Be sure to stock up on maternity apparel like high-waist pants and maternity belts to support your belly. Post-delivery nursing accessories such as nursing pads absorb leaks after your milk comes in and offer peace-of-mind protection. Remember, the more comfortable and confident you feel, the less stress there will be on your body, which is greatly beneficial for Baby’s development at all stages.

We’re here for you every step of the way

Pregnancy is a wonderful time, full of celebrations and milestones. From the first positive pregnancy test to the final trimester and beyond, you can trust Medline atHome to be there for you every step of the way. Remember that by investing the proper time and attention to prenatal care, you give yourself and your baby the best chance for a smooth pregnancy and a happy, healthy start at life.