Health Tip: Prenatal Care Is Important10/18/11
(HealthDay News) -- Getting regular checkups and screening tests
-- what doctors call prenatal care -- is key to keeping you and the
developing baby healthy during pregnancy.
The womenshealth.gov website says here's what you should expect
during prenatal care visits:
- The first visit should include a physical and gynecological
exam, medical history and blood work.
- All visits should include weight measurement and blood pressure
- Measuring the fetal heart rate.
- Measuring your belly to monitor baby's growth.
- Routine screenings should include a gestational diabetes test,
tests to detect any infection, and tests to detect conditions such
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