Early Prenatal Care is important for EVERY pregnancy

What is Prenatal Care?

A photo of a trained prenatal nurse giving OB treatment to a newborn baby in Lincoln County, MTPrenatal care is a type of preventive healthcare that helps doctors treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of pregnancy while promoting healthy lifestyles that benefit both mothers and children.  These services typically include:

  • Regular visits with a doctor, usually about 10 visits
  • Lab work and Ultrasounds to make sure your baby is developing normally

Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.

Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.

Prenatal Care is even more important if you have a high risk pregnancy

These following conditions will make your pregnancy considered high risk:

  • Twins
  • Diabetes
  • Preeclampsia/toxemia
  • Hypertension
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hypothyroid
  • Preterm labor
  • Blood coagulation disorders

Who Can Take Care of Your Baby After It Is Delivered?

There are many qualified family medicine providers at Northwest CHC who would be available to provide care for your newborn after it is delivered and your entire family.  Our staff is trained to provide care for all stages of life including the very early years.