You’re pregnant. Congratulations!

This can be a happy and exciting time, but also stressful. There is so much to learn and think about.

There are some things that you can start doing today, and throughout your entire pregnancy, to help make certain that both you and baby are happy and healthy!

Begin prenatal care early and attend appointments as scheduled

Keep regular appoints to allow for careful monitoring of your baby’s health as well as your own. Each woman will have their own prenatal care needs. The Mayo clinic has some basic information on what you might expect during your visits during your first trimester, second trimester, and third trimester.

Follow-up on Medicaid and insurance questions early. If you have insurance or Medicaid, check with your provider to learn what care is covered and other important information. Learn more about eligibility for Medicaid coverage in Montana or learn more about coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity as directed by your doctor before becoming pregnant and during your pregnancy
Eliminate alcohol and drug use. Have all drugs approved by your doctor.

Eliminate alcohol and drug use.  Have all drugs approved by your doctor. Even legal drugs, like some prescription painkillers, can seriously harm your baby. Use of prescription opioids like Codeine and hydrocodone during pregnancy can result in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).  However, there are also serious implications for both you and baby if you regularly take opioids and stop suddenly. Click here to learn more and seek the consult of your doctor.

Discuss any mood disorders with your doctor.

Discuss any mood disorders with your doctor. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression can be serious, but there is help available.

Number of Babies Born in Montana in 2014 (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

Total Births in US in 2014 (CDC)


Percentage of US Births in Montana

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