GEHA | November 19, 2018
Prenatal care is the health care you receive while you are pregnant. It can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care. Doctors can spot and treat health problems early when they see mothers regularly.
You may have questions about prenatal care, such as the frequency of your doctor appointments, exercise and healthy eating, prenatal supplements, the effects of smoking or substance use, and what to expect in each trimester. Resources are available to help answer your questions and guide you through your pregnancy.
Check out these from the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
GEHA offers a free maternity resource packet filled with information about pregnancy, prenatal care and your maternity benefits.
Medlineplus.gov, “Prenatal Care.” Medlineplus.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, 13 March 2018.
Womenshealth.gov, “Prenatal Care.” Womenshealth.gov, Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14 March 2018.