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what is the definition or description of: routine prenatal care?

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Dr. Steven Weissberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Seeing your doctor r: Seeing an obstetrician for regular visits during the course of a pregnancy. Usually this is once a month until ther 6th month, then twice a month in the 7th and 8th months, and then weekly in the 9th month until you deliver.
Dr. David Doucette
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Pregnancy care: Routine prenatal care is professional medical care provided to a woman throughout a normal pregnancy. It must meet accepted standards and practices as established by appropriate accrediting bodies and implies regular medical visits and complete compliance by the patient.

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How do I decide which prenatal vitamin to take?

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All the same: The extra vitamins, minerals and iron that are required during pregnancy are all available in the appropriate amounts in any over the counter adult multivitamin. There is nothing extra special or better about a prenatal. A higher price does not mean it is better for you.
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What do I need to know about prenatal vitamins?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Take one: There are many brands of prenatal vitamins each with a slightly different compilation of vitamins. The best one to take is the one that you like. Folate (folic acid) in prenatal vitamins has been shows to prevent certain birth defects especially if taken before pregnancy. Find one you like and take it daily.
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Do prenatal vitamins interact negatively with medications?

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Yes: Some yes. You need to ask your pharmacist about possible interactions between your medications and your prenatal vitamins.
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Why are prenatal vitamins important?

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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Healthy baby: Folic acid (folate) is an important component of prenatal vitamins. It has been shown to decrease the risk of neural tube defects in women who get at least 1mg daily. These are birth defects that include types of spina bifida. The neural tube (which forms the brain and spinal cord) is formed by the 28th day of pregnancy, before many know they are pregnant.
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What can I do to prepare for my first pre-natal appointment?

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History and dates: At your first prenatal appointment you will need to know the date of your last menstrual period, so have that ready. Know your personal history: surgeries with dates, medical conditions, medications (vitamins count!), and family history for you and your partner. You will have an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy dates, a full physical exam, blood tests and a pap if you are not current.

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