5.1.3 Reading

Read about prenatal care women get in BC. Hover your mouse (put over the word without clicking) over the words in bold (thick black letters) to read their meanings

When you find out you are pregnant, you should go to a walk-in clinic or your family doctor to do a pregnancy test and start your pregnancy care plan. In BC, you can choose who will care for you during pregnancy – it can be your family doctor, an obstetrician-gynecologista doctor who takes care of pregnant women and helps in the birth of babies, or a midwife a woman who is trained to help women in the birth of babies. A midwife cannot care for women with high-risk pregnancies or planned C-sectionsa surgery when the woman’s body is cut to remove the baby through the opening

A healthy pregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks, or three trimestersa period of three months. Many babies are born between 37 and 42 weeks. At the beginning of pregnancy, you will see your healthcare provider your doctor or midwife about once a month. From week 30 to 35, closer to your due datethe date when the woman is expected to give birth, you will visit him/her every 2-3 weeks. Finally, after 35 weeks, you will have a visit every week or two. 

At each visit, your doctor or midwife will check your urine and blood pressure, weigh you, and measure your belly.

Tip: You can use the Pregnancy Passport to take notes of your doctor visits and how your baby grows.