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A Checklist On Pregnancy For An Expectant Mother

Pregnant women posing with her baby bump

You deserve to enjoy the incredible blessing that pregnancy is for a family. That said, before getting too involved in shopping for rocking chairs and onesies, you should have a picture of the things to expect out of your new maternal care process. It takes a lot physically to bring a child into the world, but all new mothers require varying amounts of social and behavioral support before and in the course of pregnancy.Check out this list of important maternal care-related services that women in rural and urban communities can access, and be sure to inquire your provider regarding your options.

A Community Health Center

You may come across this term when searching for womensclinic near me on Google. The health of your newborn should be your priority. Confirming that the baby is healthy, however, begins with ensuring that you are well supported mentally and physically. You should start frequent prenatal visits through your provider immediately after you discover that you are pregnant.

It is essential to have prenatal visits to keep tabs on your health and that of your child. During this time, a doctor will check your vital signs, do routine blood testing, and listen to the heart rate of your baby, besides confirming that the development is also progressing just as expected. You should see it as an excellent opportunity to ask the doctor some questions about pregnancy.

There will be frequent appointments right through your pregnancy, so you should pick the right location within your community. More than added convenience, that will aid you in confirming that any maternal complications or concerns are resolved fast, thereby minimizing health risks.

Location Counseling And Breastfeeding Support

While breastfeeding is a potentially great bonding experience as far as you and your child are concerned, the process may not come naturally at all times. You should never feel alone or discouraged when you experience any issue with the latch of your baby, your overall level of comfort with breastfeeding or your milk creation.

There are many benefits to this process, including lower cancer risk for the mother and more powerful immunity for the baby. However, it can take much patience and practice. When you struggle to make the process work, an expert in a free womens health clinic or a similar location can also guide you with alternative strategies and tips on improving your supply.

Attend classes on breastfeeding for expectant mothers so that you can learn a few of the elementary details beforehand.

About the Author


Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.