Prenatal care is the health care women get when they are pregnant, and it is the foundation for a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.
When you are expecting, you need this special care and attention to make sure you and your baby are healthy and strong.
You’ll find the quality of prenatal care at Vecino is among the best you’ll find anywhere in Houston. And, we’re close to home.
Safety protocols for prenatal care during COVID-19
In-person prenatal care is important for a healthy pregancy and healthy baby.
A full range of safety protocols are continuously updated to protect patients and staff at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic. They include:
- Any patient who is suspected to have been exposed to the coronavirus is isolated from other patients.
- Check-ins for appointments are by phone and patients can wait in their vehicles for their appointment.
- Masks are provided and are required of all staff and patients.
- Social distancing is enforced throughout the clinic.
- When possible, some appointments will be conducted virtually through our telemedicine platform.
What happens a prenatal exam?
Your first prenatal appointment will probably be a long one. Your provider will give you a complete checkup and will check your blood and urine to confirm the pregnancy and calculate your due date. Depending on how far along you are, your doctor may also perform your first ultrasound to check the baby’s heartbeat.
Regular prenatal visits are important
For a healthy pregnancy, your providers will want to see you once a month for the first 28 weeks, then once every two weeks for weeks 28 to 36, and then once a week during weeks 36 to 40. Each visit is important.
- Your providers will get to know you and your baby
- You’ll get your blood pressure checked
- Your baby’s heart rate will be checked
- Your weight will be monitored
- You can ask any questions
- You’ll learn about common symptoms like nausea and vomiting, swelling, cravings, and mood swings, and how to manage them
- You’ll find out your baby’s sex
- You’ll prepare for birth
Prenatal care is important for you and your baby
Pregnancy complications can happen even when your health is good. The best way to avoid them and deliver a healthy baby is by getting prenatal care.
Research shows that babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to moms who do get prenatal care.
How much does prenatal care cost?
Most insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover all prenatal care costs. If you don’t have insurance, Vecino can help you apply. We also offer a financial assistance program if you don’t qualify for insurance. Prenatal care is affordable for everyone.
Unemployed or uninsured?
Don’t worry. Vecino Health Centers offers financial assistance so everyone in your family can get the checkups and other care they need. You may even qualify for other benefits, we’ll help you understand your options.
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