How will your doctor care for you during your pregnancy? continued...
Tests for genetic or other problems also may be done,
especially if you are 35 or older or if you had a genetic problem in a past
Your doctor will prescribe any medicine you may need,
such as for diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure.
Talk to your
doctor about where he or she would like you to give birth. Your doctor may want
you to have your baby in a hospital that offers special care for women and
babies who may have problems.
If your doctor thinks that your
health or your baby's health is at risk, you may need to have the baby
What type of doctor will you see for a high-risk pregnancy?
Some women will see a doctor who has extra training in
high-risk pregnancies. These doctors are called maternal-fetal specialists, or
perinatologists. You may see this doctor and your
regular doctor. Or the specialist may be your doctor throughout your pregnancy.
What can you do to help have a healthy pregnancy?
You can help yourself and your baby be as healthy as possible:
- Go to all your doctor visits so that you
don't miss tests to catch any new problems.
- Eat a healthy diet that
includes protein, milk and milk products, fruits, and vegetables. Talk to your
doctor about any changes you may need in your diet.
- Take any
medicines, iron, or vitamins that your doctor prescribes. Don't take any
vitamins or medicines (including
over-the-counter medicines) without talking to your
- Take folic acid daily. Folic acid
is a B vitamin. Taking folic acid before and during early pregnancy reduces
your chance of having a baby with a
neural tube defect or other birth
- Follow your doctor's instructions for activity. Your doctor
will let you know if you can work and exercise.
- Do not smoke. If
you need help quitting, talk to your doctor about stop-smoking programs and
medicines. Avoid other people's tobacco smoke.
- Do not drink
- Stay away from people who have colds and other
Your doctor may ask you to keep track of how much your
baby moves every day.