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What Is Prenatal Care?

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Midwife examining a pregnant woman at home.
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Doctor consulting a pregnant patient.
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Health history


Urine sample with reagent strip for urinalysis.
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Urine sample


Nurse checking blood pressure of a pregnant woman.
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Blood pressure


Pregnant woman on a scale.
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Weight gain or loss


Doctor measuring pregnant woman's stomach.
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Fetal growth


Midwife checking fetal heart rate.
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Fetal heart rate


Doctor examining pregnant patient.
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Fetal activity


Pregnant woman having her blood drawn for a blood test.
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Genetic testing


Pregnant woman reading a baby book on the couch.
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Education


Pregnant woman writing question marks on sticky notes all over her stomach.
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Birth planning


Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

@RobinPregnancy

Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D., LCCE, CLC, AdvCD(DONA) is a childbirth educator, doula, founder of Childbirth.org, and the award-winning pregnancy and parenting author of “The Complete Illustrated Guide to Pregnancy” and more than 10 other books. Between her nine children, teaching childbirth classes, and attending births for more than two decades, she has built up an impressive and practical knowledge base. You can follow Robin on Twitter @RobinPregnancy, Instagram, and Facebook.