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Pregnancy and prenatal care


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First, confirm you're pregnant

After an at-home pregnancy test confirms you're pregnant, you need to schedule an appointment with your doctor within eight weeks of your last period. Starting out with the right care is the best way to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy.



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  • Everyone's pregnancy is different, but a few common indicators include: 

    • Missed period
    • Nausea or vomiting 
    • Sensitive breasts
    • Tiredness
    • Cramping 
    • Bloating
    • Headaches 
    • Mood swings 
    • Sensitivity to certain smells or food
    • A stuffy nose with other symptoms

    If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be a good idea to take an at-home pregnancy test or contact your doctor.

  • Your first visit will confirm your pregnancy and check your overall health. This helps your doctor to create a care plan for you and to figure out your due date.

    Your care team will also schedule you for a number of routine tests, including:

    • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • Blood type and Rh factor (a protein found on red blood cells)
    • Urinalysis
    • Urine culture
  • This test shows you the number of different types of cells that make up your blood. The number of red blood cells show if you're anemic, which means not having enough iron in your blood.

    The number of white blood cells show how many disease-fighting cells you have. The number of platelets show if you have a problem with blood clotting.

  • A blood type test shows your blood type and if you have Rh factor in your blood. Doctors need to track Rh factor in your blood when you're pregnant.

  • This tests your urine for red blood cells, white blood cells and glucose (sugar) levels. It also measures the amount of protein in your blood, so we can compare with levels later in your pregnancy.

  • This tests for bacteria (germs that can make you sick) in your urine, which can be a sign of a urinary tract infection.