We Know: All About Prenatal Care
What Is Prenatal Care?
Prenatal care is any kind of care for a mother before the baby is born. It should predate conception for many items, such as diet, exercise, and vitamin supplements.
Women who do not seek out prenatal care for themselves have a five-times normal risk of their babies dying, and three times normal risk of their babies being born with low birth weights. You should take prenatal care seriously.
What Should I Do?
There are several very simple steps you can take to ensure that you have a healthier baby.
Should I Avoid Medicine?
It's not necessary to avoid all medicine, but you must tell your doctor about any medicine you're currently taking. Even over the counter pain medications may be harmful to your baby. Conversely, suddenly stopping a medication can cause a backlash effect that could harm your health and even make you lose your baby.
Instead of going cold-turkey, speak with your doctor about the proper medications to take to ensure your health and that of the baby.
What If I Can't Afford Health Care?
Call your local health department. They can generally direct you to a free clinic or another program that will help you pay for your pregnancy and delivery. It's in everyone's interest that your baby be born healthy.