It’s best to start prenatal care early. Learn what to expect during visits.

What to do first

  • Schedule your first prenatal care appointment. Finding the best provider for you and your family is important, so you may need to try a few options. Use our LIFTS Online Resource Guide to find medical care in your area.
  • If you have health insurance or Medicaid, check with your provider to find out what types of care are covered.
  • If you are currently uninsured, pregnancy means you can enroll. Visit Cover Montana for more information.

Wellness during pregnancy

  • Follow your provider’s advice for managing diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions during pregnancy.
  • Talk to your provider about any medications you take to make sure they are safe during pregnancy.
  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other substances may harm your baby. If you are struggling to quit, ask your provider to connect you with support.

A mother’s mental wellbeing is equally as important as physical health during pregnancy. Mood disorders, like anxiety and depression, are common during and after pregnancy, and help is available.

  • Tell your provider if you have experienced mental health challenges in the past.
  • Discuss any mood-related concerns with your provider.
  • Ask your provider about medications and counseling that can help. Many medications are safe to take during pregnancy.

Learn more about how to get support for mental health concerns during and after pregnancy.

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