April 1, 2010
It's an exciting day for Maddie Blevins and her husband as they watch their little bundle of joy move around on the sonogram monitor. Maddie is 18 weeks pregnant with her first child. She contacted her doctor as soon as she found out she was pregnant. "Just read and do research and understand things you can do before the baby comes," said Blevins.
Doctor Zachary Kuhlmann with Wesley Medical Center says prenatal care is extremely important. "You know everything's look good in the pregnancy," said Kuhlmann.
If you're planning to get pregnant, you should even start prenatal care before you conceive. Doctors will advise you to take a prenatal vitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.
And you will want to discuss your health history. If you have a health condition doctors will help you get it under control and monitor it throughout the nine months. "Addressing prenatal labs would be crucial evaluating blood pressure and other problems while the baby is growing in mom," Kuhlmann said.
But many pregnancies come as a surprise so as soon as you think you're pregnant contact your doctor.
If you would like more information about prenatal care or family life education classes offered at Wesley Medical Center click here.