When to Schedule Your First Prenatal Visit | Kaiser Permanente

(playful music)>>Fonda Mitchell, MD OB/GYN:
– Well, for a lot of women,
they’re in the middle of their first trimester
when they determine that they’re pregnant. So it’s very important,
the sooner you determine that you have a positive pregnancy test that you have that conversation
with your physician, that you initiate prenatal care.>>Eric Warshaw, MD OB/GYN:
– By doing that and
listening to their advice, you can decrease your risk of complications during pregnancy. For example, just by
starting folic acid alone, you can decrease your risk of what we call neural tube defects, or defects in the brain or spinal cord. – It is during these first 13 weeks when the crticial development
of that fetus takes place, so a lot of conversation is needed.>>Angela Chiodo, Certified Nurse-Midwife:
– So the earlier that we
can find out what your cycle was like and date your
pregnancy based on that, the better, so that we know when to do all of the testing that we do. So come on in and we’ll
help get you started.

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