The caring providers at UPMC in Central Pa. understand the importance of having a healthy pregnancy. Our specialists will answer your questions, provide guidance and help you achieve your goal of having a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Your first priority when you are pregnant and your first parenting task is to take good care of yourself. By caring for yourself, you are also helping your baby get a healthy start. Your physician will recommend several healthy practices to follow during your pregnancy, including:
Quality prenatal care is essential to a healthy pregnancy. You will need to visit your physician at least monthly, more often if complications arise, to make sure that you are in good health and that your baby is developing properly. Your physician will perform a variety of routine tests at your prenatal care appointments and will also measure your:
You will have several ultrasounds during your pregnancy to check on your baby's development. Your physician will also use a special device called a fetal Doppler to listen to your baby's heartbeat.
If you are older than 35 or have a high-risk pregnancy, your physician may recommend additional tests to ensure the health and safety of you and your baby.
Pregnancy is a time of great change as your body makes room for your baby and prepares to give birth. You will experience significant physical changes during pregnancy, which may include:
You should discuss any uncomfortable symptoms with your physician. In addition to helping you minimize your discomfort, your physician will help you understand the difference between normal symptoms and those that may require medical attention.
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