What Is Prenatal or Pregnancy Care?
Prenatal or pregnancy care is the medical care you receive from a health care provider, such as a doctor or a nurse practitioner. During monthly pregnancy visits, your health care provider will make sure you and the developing fetus are healthy and strong. These regular checkups are your chance to learn how to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, have any testing you may need, learn warning signs, and ask any questions you may have. All medical clinic visits are FREE of charge.
It's best to begin pregnancy care as soon as you know you're pregnant.
At Your First Prenatal Visit:
The first visit is usually the longest. The examination is very thorough. You will be asked questions about your medical history. You will also be asked about your partner's medical history and your family's medical history. You will have a complete physical exam. Your health care provider will measure your height, weight, blood pressure, breathing, and pulse.
Usually, you will be given a gynecological exam that will include:
You may be offered blood or skin tests to check for various things, such as:
You may be offered urine tests to check for diabetes, toxicology, and other diseases or infections.
Marin Pregnancy Clinic
1320A Grant Avenue
Novato, CA 94945