Doctor and Midwife Visits
Find out how your doctor or midwife can help you have a healthy pregnancy.
Take steps to have a healthy pregnancy.Take steps to have a healthy pregnancy.
To keep you and your baby healthy, it’s important that you:
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
- Eat healthy foods and get enough folic acid.
- Stay active.
- Take steps to prevent infections.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that some women develop during pregnancy. When you have diabetes, there is too much sugar (called glucose) in your blood.
If you develop gestational diabetes, it can lead to health problems for you and your baby during and after pregnancy. For example:
- Before birth, your baby is likely to grow bigger than usual. This could make giving birth more difficult – and make it more likely that you will have a caesarian delivery (C-section).
- After birth, your baby may be at risk for childhood obesity.
- You will be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy. After your baby is born, you’ll need to get tested regularly for type 2 diabetes.
If you have gestational diabetes, you and your doctor or midwife can work together to protect your health and your baby’s health. You can reduce your risk for gestational diabetes by eating healthy and staying active during your pregnancy.
Preeclampsia is a health problem that some women develop after about 20 weeks of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is usually mild, but it can be dangerous and even deadly for both a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.
Many women who have preeclampsia don’t feel sick. The main sign of preeclampsia is high blood pressure. It’s important to get regular checkups during pregnancy so your doctor or midwife can check your blood pressure.
Talk about newborn screening with your doctor or midwife before your baby is born. Newborn screenings are tests that check for certain diseases and conditions in newborn babies.
Newborn screening lets doctors find certain diseases and conditions early – before your baby shows any signs. Early treatment is important to keep your baby healthy and developing normally.
Most tests are done before your baby leaves the hospital. They don’t cause any harm or risk to your baby.