Prenatal care is the healthcare you receive during your pregnancy. High-quality prenatal care is essential in detecting, preventing and treating health problems for both you and your baby. Over the course of your pregnancy, you will be monitored for your risk of diseases like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, both of which would put you at risk for preterm birth (delivering your baby too early) or low birthweight. In addition to medical care, prenatal care also includes counseling and education.
Providers can discuss your risk factors for certain conditions and help you find support to stop smoking or drinking alcohol while pregnant. You can also receive counseling and information about breastfeeding, to help you make the best decision for yourself and your baby.