Whether it's a complete surprise or you've been planning it for months, a positive pregnancy test result can send your mind spinning in a million different directions. From where you'll deliver to the color of the nursery, you immediately start making to-do lists to help get you and your partner through the next nine months. But if you have no idea where to start, you may simply be wondering what type of doctor do you go to when you learn you're pregnant?
If you're anything like me, the doctor's office is your least favorite place on earth. But getting the proper prenatal care can make all of the difference in having a healthy baby. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, babies with mothers who don't receive prenatal care are five times more likely to die than those with mothers who do visit their doctor regularly. Your prenatal checkups are about more than just being poked and prodded. These visits will be an important time for you to find out how your baby is developing and to get answers to all of your questions.
According to What to Expect, 90 percent of women choose an OB-GYN to treat them during their pregnancy. However, there are other available options, including midwives and family practitioners, that are just as safe and effective. And while you are checking on the health of your baby, be sure you make time for your dentist and optometrist as well.
I can already feel you starting to worry that you'll be spending the next nine months in waiting rooms, but it will all be worth it when you bring home a healthy new baby.