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Prenatal Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy marks an important time period in a woman’s life. To keep you and your baby healthy during this time, take some extra steps to get the prenatal care that you need. Early and regular appointments with your doctor are extremely important, as well as taking care of your body by maintaining a healthy diet. Whether this is your first child or your fifth, prenatal care is still vitally important for both you and your baby.
Why is prenatal care so important? Babies born to mother who did not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times higher risk of infant mortality. During prenatal care treatments, doctors can also monitor the health of the growing fetus and detect any early health issues.
Esteemed OBGYN Paul Crane, MD, shares the prominent reasons why prenatal ultrasound is so important. “It allows us to very precisely date the pregnancy… Secondly, it does allow us to diagnose spontaneous miscarriages before they actually happen. Thirdly, it allows us to diagnose major ... Read more

Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, David Miller, MD, explains what anemia is and how it can affect pregnancy
Certified Nurse Midwife Naomi Hanna, CNM, explains the ultrasound procedure when using a midwife and how the process is different than with a doctor
Certified Nurse Midwife, Naomi Hanna, CNM, explains the differences in prenatal care visits with a midwife and a doctor and the added benefits that prenatal care with a... read more
OB/GYN Jay Goldgerg, MD, explains the different tests performed during pregnancy and what is tested for depending on the trimester, age, and more
OB/GYN Lauren Hyman, MD, explains the multiple prenatal screenings and diagnostic tests that a pregnant mother can take to make sure her baby is healthy
Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, David Miller, MD, explains what Beta Strep is during pregnancy, how it is treated, and its possible... read more
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Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, David Miller, MD, explains the risks associated with too much amniotic fluid during pregnancy and the... read more
OB/GYN Lauren Hyman, MD, explains what Strep-B is during pregnancy and how a positive diagnosis affects a pregnant woman and her baby
Dresden Shumaker, single mom & blogger, shares advice on navigating pregnancy without insurance.
Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains the differences between CVS, amniocentesis, and nuchal translucency tests during pregnancy
Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains the benefits and use of sonograms during pregnancy and the issues they allow doctors to pick up in the baby
Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains why ultrasounds are useful during the first trimester of pregnancy and what first trimester ultrasounds show
Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains how to calculate your due date during pregnancy to find your estimated due date before having an ultrasound
OB/GYN Jay Goldgerg, MD, shares advice for woman on what to do if you feel uncomfortable with nudity when you are with your OB/GYN doctor
OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains the differences in testing during pregnancy when a woman is pregnant with twins or multiples
Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains the purpose of prenatal screening tests during each trimester and what is tested for during the procedures
Obstetrician & Gynecologist Anthony Chin, MD, explains the advantage of a CVS test over an amniocentesis test during pregnancy
Obstetrician & Gynecologist Anthony Chin, MD, explains the purpose of urine tests during prenatal visits and the diseases they test for
Obstetrician & Gynecologist Anthony Chin, MD, shares advice on when to consider seeking genetic counseling during pregnancy to test for genetic diseases
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Obstetrician & Gynecologist Anthony Chin, MD, explains what a CVS test is during pregnancy, what the benefits of a CVS test are, and what the purpose of a CVS is
Author Armin Brott shares advice for men who feel left out at your spouse or partner's OB appointments during pregnancy and what to do to be more involved
Author Armin Brott explains the reasons why it is important to join your spouse or partner on her pregnancy visits to the doctor
Obstetrician & Gynecologist Shamsah Amersi, MD, explains the benefits of 3D and 4D ultrasounds and how they allow for the viewing of your baby in real time
Obstetrician & Gynecologist Anthony Chin, MD, explains the amniocentesis procedure, including how it is done and what it tests for in the baby

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