What is prenatal care you ask?
Prenatal care is when you get checkups from your doula throughout your pregnancy. This helps keep you and your unborn baby healthy. Prenatal care is an important part of staying healthy during pregnancy.
Your doula will monitor your baby’s development and routinely test to ensure that your pregnancy is going well with any problems. Use these regular checkups to ask any questions or concerns you may have.
When should I start having prenatal care appointments?
You can start as soon as you know you’re pregnant.
How often will I have prenatal care visits?
Your prenatal care depends on how far along your pregnancy is and if you and your baby are at any risk. The typical prenatal care schedule for someone who’s 18-35 years old and healthy is:
- Every 4 or 6 weeks for the first 32 weeks
- Every 2 or 3 weeks for the 32nd-37th weeks
- Every week from the 37th week until delivery
Labor & Delivery
There are usually 3 stages of Labor.
- The latent phase, is the longest and least intense
- Begins when the cervix is completely opened.
- After your baby is delivered, you enter the final stage of labor. This is where you deliver the placenta.
Postpartum is depression that happens after childbirth. Commonly kown as “baby blues,” or feel sad or empty, within a few days of giving birth. For most women postpartum goes away in 3 to 5 days. If these feeling dont go away within 2 weeks, you may be suffering from postpartum depression.
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