When Should I Begin Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care should begin as soon as possible! Ideally in the first trimester (before the 13th week of pregnancy). As soon as you are aware that you are pregnant, you should schedule your appointment.

Early care is to your advantage.

The midwife can assist you with nutritional counseling and offer suggestions for easing common discomforts, helping to make your pregnancy easier. We can usually hear your baby’s heartbeat around 10-11 weeks gestation (that is 10-11 weeks after your last menstrual period). Many women schedule their first appointment to be held right around this time. We are happy to see you earlier, however, if you are having any difficulties with the pregnancy or if you need early hormone level monitoring.

Even if this is not your first pregnancy, prenatal visits are still extremely important since every pregnancy is different. It is good to keep in mind that your first visit will probably be one of the longest. It is best if you arrive prepared with important dates and information. This is also a great opportunity to bring a list of questions that you or a family member might have about pregnancy, prenatal care, and birth options. If you aren’t sure where to start you can read our blog post 20 Questions to Ask Your Midwife.

Care at Celebrate Birth.

When you come to Celebrate Birth for your first appointment, we will discuss your current health and your medical history to understand your specific needs during your pregnancy and determine if you are eligible for our care. Certain things that may determine if you are eligible for an out-of-hospital birth can include diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, a bleeding disorder, certain medications, or if you have had a prior cesarean section.

Every person is different, and our clients will enjoy thorough, personalized appointments with a staff that truly cares about their individual needs and preferences. Once accepted into care, we will conduct a complete physical exam and perform lab testing to verify your health. The midwife will continue to monitor your well-being throughout your pregnancy to prepare for an optimal birth experience, whether you are planning a delivery in or out of the hospital.

If you have any additional questions about our services or our care, you can watch some of our informational videos or call us at (863) 680-2229. We would be happy to discuss in more detail whether you would be eligible for care with our midwives and to set your first appointment if that is indeed the case.  We look forward to hearing from you!