What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is a crucial component of your pregnancy. The experts at Northwell Health recognize the importance of caring for you throughout every trimester of your pregnancy. We address prenatal care in two stages: preconception care and real prenatal care.
During preconception care, we take time to educate you on nutrition, exercise, reducing stress and other factors that will contribute to a successful pregnancy.
Once your pregnancy is confirmed, we start to map out a precise plan of testing and checkups.
If you’re between the ages of 18 and 35 years old and don’t have any specific medical conditions, your prenatal care visits should be planned:
- Every four to six weeks for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy
- Every two to three weeks from your 28-36 weeks
- Every week from your 36th week until delivery
Your doctor may alter these visits to fit your specific condition.
Why it's done
Prenatal care is vital to a healthy, successful pregnancy. Prenatal checkups can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications by helping you follow a healthy diet and exercise plan, in addition to managing conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Prenatal checkups allow you to keep track of your baby’s growth and development, schedule any necessary tests and learn more about labor and delivery.
Factors that could put your pregnancy at risk include:
- Existing conditions, such as high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome and diabetes
- Poor nutritional habits
- Tobacco use
How to prepare
When preparing for prenatal care, our professionals rely on an open channel of communication. We encourage you to bring up any questions or concerns you may have so we can use our expertise to guide you through a healthy pregnancy.
What to expect after treatment
After you have your baby, Northwell Health professionals make it a point to continue your care. We encourage exit interviews to see how you’re adjusting post-delivery. In addition, your physician may take the opportunity to address any additional medical concerns to guarantee you’re at your very best for your baby.
Post-counseling and guidance
From before you conceive to after you deliver, we're here to offer you and your baby a higher standard of care