Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time in the life of a woman. If this is your first pregnancy, you can expect to be surprised, scared, delighted, confused, emotional, and giddy – sometimes all on the same day! This is a time when great changes will take place with your body, and good prenatal care is essential for your health and the health of your developing baby.

If you need help finding a good doctor, need verification of your pregnancy for Medicaid purposes, or would like supportive information regarding your pregnancy, please contact the DPC to schedule an appointment.

6 Important Reasons to Get Monthly Check-ups

1. Improve your chances for a healthy baby.

Help prevent your baby from being born sick.
Learn what your baby should weigh at birth.
Learn what “full-term” means.
What medications can you take while you’re pregnant?

2. Protect your own health. Find out about:

Possible health risks to you.
Why you get tired.
The importance of exercise and nutrition.

3. Learn about your growing baby

Can your baby hear you?
How do your eating habits and activities affect the baby?

4. Learn what the warning symptoms are if something is wrong

Is it normal to be dizzy?
What if you feel sick to your stomach?
What if you get bad cramps?

5. Your questions get answered as your body changes

Why do you have to go to the bathroom so often?
Should you feel the baby kick?
How much weight should you gain?

6. How to prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Can you have sex while you are pregnant?
Should you be tested for STDs?
If you have an STD, will your baby get it?