Prenatal care will help ensure that you and your baby are healthy during your pregnancy. In fact, babies of mothers who do not have prenatal care are five times more likely to die than those born to mothers with prenatal care. You should contact your doctor as soon as you know you are pregnant so you can initiate your care during the first trimester.
The goals of prenatal care are:
To track proper fetal growth and development
To optimize your health through disease detection and prevention