Prenatal Care Guidelines
To improve pregnancy outcomes, you should begin prenatal care as early as possible in your pregnancy. A doctor will begin by reviewing your health history including any past pregnancies and their outcomes. You should be asked about any risk factors that could negatively impact the outcome of the pregnancy such as smoking or alcohol consumption. There should also be a complete physical examination to identify any potential physical problems or risk factors and to estimate the delivery date.
How frequently you return to your doctor for checkups should be determined by your individual needs and risk assessment. For most normal pregnancies, the recommended schedule is as follows:
|0–28 weeks||Every 4 Weeks|
|28–36 weeks||Every 2–3 Weeks|
Please keep in mind that flexibility is very important as women with medical or obstetric problems requiring more frequent visits to monitor the progress of the baby. You need to talk with your doctor to find the schedule that fits your individual needs and profile. For more information on this topic, there is an excellent article on Medical Care During Pregnancy on the Kids Health for Parents web site.
Please make sure your children visit their doctor or clinic regularly. Below is a recommended schedule for when your child should receive a checkup or shots to keep them healthy and happy.
|Receive a Checkup:||Receive Shots:|
|During the first month||At 2 months|
|At 2 months||At 4 months|
|At 4 months||At 6 months|
|At 6 months||At 12 months|
|At 9 months||At 15 months|
|At 12 months||At 18 months|
|At 15 months||At 4 years|
|At 18 months|
|At 2 years|
|At 3 years|
|At 4 years|
|At 5 years|
|At 6 years|
|Then after every two years|
Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule
Keep your children healthy by getting them regular checkups at your doctor's office or health clinic. Immunizations help protect your precious child from childhood diseases if they are done on time and before the child reaches two years old. These immunizations include:
- Hepatitis B (HepB)
- Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)
- Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib)
- Inactivated Polio (IPV)
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
The American Academy of Pediatrics has an updated recommended childhood immunization schedule for 2006. You can view it or access a printable version in Adobe PDF through this link.