Once you have become pregnant through your fertility treatments you will need to begin to think about prenatal care. It is important to begin your prenatal care as soon as possible. The prenatal care that you receive during your pregnancy is essential to maintaining both your health and your baby’s health. You may be a little nervous about your prenatal care appointments, but try not to worry. By finding out a little bit about these appointments, you will be able to put your worries to rest and start enjoying your pregnancy!
Why Is Prenatal Care Important?
You may be wondering why there is so much fuss over prenatal care these days. After all, as little as a hundred years ago few women actually received any real type of health care during pregnancy. Well, prenatal care is actually very important to ensure pregnancy health. Studies have shown that women who receive regular prenatal checkups deliver healthier babies. If you see your health care provider regularly, you also decrease your risk for premature labor and other pregnancy complications.
Where To Start?
Before you can make your first prenatal health appointment, you are going to need to decide what kind of practitioner you would like to see. The most commonly used practitioners in the United States are obstetricians and midwives. Both types of practitioners provide quality prenatal care and will help to prepare you for labor and delivery. Depending on your personal preferences, you may be more comfortable with one type of practitioner over the other.
An obstetrician is a medical doctor who specializes in pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Obstetricians are highly qualified and many are able to look after high-risk pregnancies. Women often choose to use obstetricians because they are so well qualified and prepared for any possible complications. Unfortunately, though, most obstetricians are male and some do not allow for women to have much say in labor and delivery.
Midwives are specially trained to help pregnant women through pregnancy, labor, and delivery as well during the postpartum period. Typically women, midwives use traditional methods of labor and delivery combined with modern medical knowledge. Midwives are not doctors, but instead have received on-the-job training from other midwives. Midwives have been around for hundreds of years and are now gaining popularity again in the United States because they allow for a more personal involvement in your pregnancy. They are trained to deal with uncomplicated pregnancies only.