Prenatal Care

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Caring for Your Baby Before Delivery

Prenatal care, or care during your pregnancy, is very important because it:

  • Helps keep you and your baby safe
  • Helps you learn ways to feel better while you’re pregnant
  • Identify and treat health problems during pregnancy like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia
  • And more

Watch Our Pregnancy Preview Class

Watch Enloe’s free Pregnancy Preview Class before your first prenatal appointment to learn what to expect.

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Care Schedule

You will see your obstetrician (obgyn) or midwife every four weeks until your 28th week of pregnancy. Then you’ll see your caregiver every two weeks until you’re 36 weeks along and every week until your delivery.

These visits are a good opportunity to ask questions. Write down your questions and bring them with you to your appointments so you don’t forget them.

Your caregiver will request several tests during your visits, including:

  • Blood tests to identify your blood type, check for anemia, rubella and other conditions
  • Urine tests to check for gestational diabetes and preeclampsia
  • An ultrasound, or sonogram, to more accurately identify your due date

Reduce the Risk of Birth Defects

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For the best maternity and baby care during your pregnancy:

  • Tell your providers, including your dentist, that you’re pregnant. Certain medications are unsafe to take during pregnancy.
  • Do not smoke, drink or use drugs. They can harm you and your baby. If you need help quitting, talk to your provider.
  • Take your prenatal vitamins every day. Any brand is fine.
  • Drink plenty of water, and eat a balanced diet. When eating soft cheeses, make sure they are pasteurized.
  • Continue exercising, but do not scuba dive, water ski or play contact sports. Try walking, swimming or stationary biking.

High-Risk Pregnancies

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Patients considered high risk will be referred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist from the Sacramento area. This doctor will be a partner in their care.

Depending on the situation, a patient may deliver her baby at Enloe or in Sacramento. Patients who present to Enloe with a high-risk pregnancy in need of specialized care may be flown to Sacramento by air ambulance.

Did You Know?

  • While women in their 30s and 40s can have healthy pregnancies, they are at higher risk of developing diabetes and hypertension than younger women.
  • The ideal weight gain for a woman of normal height and weight is 28 pounds.
  • Exercise during pregnancy helps strengthen muscles, reduce fatigue and lower stress. Be sure to check with your health care provider before starting a new exercise program.
  • No alcohol and no smoking is best for your baby. Even small amounts of wine and nicotine can have an effect on a developing fetus.

Pregnancy Planner

Enloe's Pregnancy PlannerFor tips on staying healthy during your pregnancy, view our Pregnancy Planner. You’ll learn:

Planificador del embarazo

Planificador del embarazoPara obtener consejos sobre cómo mantenerse saludable durante el embarazo, consulte nuestro Planificador del embarazo. Aprenderás:

A Word About COVID-19

You may be wondering what your pregnancy will be like during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more in our FAQs below or browse our childbirth FAQs.

How might COVID-19 affect my prenatal care?

Your provider may see you through virtual visits. Sometimes called telehealth visits, these allow you to see your doctor without going into their office. You can see your caregiver from the comfort of your home or anywhere you may be. You will also notice that several of our resources are now online. This includes:

  • Our tour of Enloe’s Nettleton Mother & Baby Care Center
  • Our Pregnancy Preview Class

Will I be tested for COVID-19?

You may be. Currently, Enloe is testing moms who have scheduled deliveries and those who arrive in labor. Please check with your provider to see if you should get tested before coming to the hospital for your delivery. Knowing whether you have COVID-19 will help your care team make informed decisions about your care and the care of your baby.

What if I don’t want to be tested for COVID-19?

Your provider will go over the risks and benefits of being tested and how it can benefit you and your baby.

Contact Us

Enloe’s Nettleton Mother & Baby Care Center

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