Having a Healthy Baby - Prenatal Care
A Planned Pregnancy is A Healthy Pregnancy
50% of all pregnancies are unplanned. By planning your pregnancy, you give your baby a better environment in which to grow.
What to do before you become pregnant:
- If you smoke cigarettes, stop
- Stop using any illegal drugs
- Check with your doctor about any risks prescribed medications might have on your unborn baby
- Watch what you eat
- Start taking prenatal vitamins to make sure you have a good supply of Folic Acid
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, see a doctor for prenatal care.
Afraid you can't afford to go to the doctor? Call one of MISN’s Facilitated Enrollers today to find out if you or your children are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance.
In New York State, Medicaid Prenatal Care and Medicaid Obstetrical and Maternal Services (MOMS) are available to women who do not have health insurance and/or lack the resources to pay for prenatal doctor visits.
For more information on how to have a healthy baby, please visit the March Of Dimes website.
The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation and the North Carolina Public Health Department have created an online interactive audio booklet "Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby"
Take a childbirth education class!
Guide for Family Planning Resource Providers - Promoting and Strengthening Cultural and Linguistic Competency