See Your Doctor
Early & Regular Prenatal Care
Regular checkups with your doctor while you’re pregnant is called prenatal care. Prenatal care should begin as soon as you know you are pregnant. Prenatal care keeps you and your developing baby healthy during your pregnancy. During your check-ups you may be seen by your doctor, nurse practitioner (NP), midwife, or a physician’s assistant (PA).
Early prenatal care will help your doctor to identify and manage potential health risks or issues early to reduce complications. Your doctor should schedule more prenatal check ups throughout your pregnancy and provide resources to guide you through this exciting time.
Discuss your delivery hospital options with your doctor. Certain hospitals are designated to provide services for high-risk pregnancies, complicated deliveries, and intensive newborn care.
If you think you are pregnant, see a doctor as soon as possible. If you need help finding a doctor for your pregnancy, call 2-1-1 OC or the Orange County Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448.