If you're pregnant, you will spend the next several months growing a baby while experiencing countless bodily changes. No woman should have to experience pregnancy without receiving high-quality care from professionals who will ensure both mom and baby are doing exceptionally well. Take advantage of the various pregnancy care services available to make the most of the next few months while staying well-informed on the growth of your little one.

Labor Preparation and Planning

If this pregnancy is your first, labor preparation can help you set realistic expectations for labor and delivery. You can develop a plan by making several decisions, such as where to give birth, whether you want an epidural or any other pain medication to provide relief, and more. Keep in mind that even if you create a labor and delivery plan, things may not always go as planned because labor can be unexpected, and emergencies can occur. However, being prepared for labor and delivery can ease your mind.

Prenatal Monitoring and Care

During your pregnancy, you can receive routine checkups. An obstetrician will check on you and your baby, prescribe prenatal vitamins, and address any possible concerns you might have. As you begin to experience several changes, you might have specific questions you want to ask. For example, some women will have heavy discharge or get yeast infections more often during their pregnancies. You can talk to the obstetrician about these and other issues and learn what is and isn't safe for you to use when pregnant. If you're experiencing anything unusual for the average pregnancy, such as vaginal bleeding, you can talk to the obstetrician about it and undergo monitoring to ensure everything is okay.

Resources and Programs for Pregnant Women

As a pregnant woman, you may be eligible to participate in many programs providing resources for women and children. The Women, Infants, and Children program, regularly referred to as WIC, provides women access to healthy, nutritious food, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, milk, and peanut butter. You can also receive breastfeeding support and assistance if you're eligible for the program. Resources like these benefit women and their children and are worth looking into during pregnancy.

With the different pregnancy care services available, you can take good care of yourself and your unborn baby. Along with preparing you for labor, these services can help you receive the assistance you need while staying up to date on your baby's growth with each month that passes. 

Contact your doctor for more information about pregnancy care