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Preventing Premature Birth (Topic Center)

Prenatal Care

Going to the doctor regularly can help keep you healthy and lower your chances of having your baby early.

  • Prenatal Tests

    Prenatal tests can tell how your baby is growing and help find any health problems early.

    Learn about prenatal tests

  • First Trimester Tests

    At your first visit, the doctor will confirm your pregnancy and check to see how your baby is developing.

    Learn about tests in the 1st trimester

  • Second Trimester Tests

    The second trimester is when many moms and dads "see" their babies for the first time on ultrasound.

    Learn about tests in the 2nd trimester

  • Third Trimester Tests

    In this trimester, you'll be offered more tests depending on your age, health, family medical history, and other things.

    Learn about tests in the 3rd trimester

  • Prenatal Genetic Counseling

    If your doctor thinks that genetic testing would be helpful, you may be referred to a genetic counselor.

    Learn about genetic counseling

Top Q&As

  • In a high-risk pregnancy, one or more things raise a woman's — or her baby's — chances for health problems or early delivery.

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