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Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy, strong baby. 

Do I need Prenatal Care?

Yes! Prenatal care is needed to help keep you and your baby healthy. Mothers who do not receive prenatal care are more likely to give birth to babies with a low birth weight, and are also more likely to have other complications during their pregnancy. Seeing your healthcare provider regularly will help him or her to spot complications early, and treat them before they develop further. Regular visits will also help prevent any future problems. Your healthcare provider can also provide you with valuable tips and information about things you can do to give your baby a healthy start to life. From what to eat, exercise routines and emotional advice, frequent prenatal care visits are crucial to a healthy pregnancy.

Do you have prenatal care? If you live in Franklin County and haven’t been able to get an appointment for prenatal care, you can call the Pregnancy Care Connection hotline to schedule your initial pregnancy visit. The hotline is for women who are uninsured, women who have government health insurance (Medicaid, Caresource, Molina, Healthy Start) or women who are insured but have limited resources. By calling this number, pregnant women are able to see a healthcare provider sooner.
Call for an appointment: (614) 227-9866.

Readers in other areas of the state: do you have information about resources for women who need prenatal care? Please add it to our comment section and share it with our readers.

Go to our staying healthy while you are pregnant page to get more information on the importance of prenatal care. You may also watch a video showing you what to expect during a prenatal visit.

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Immunizations for children birth through 6 years of age

The recommended immunization schedule is designed to protect infants and children early in life, when they are most vulnerable and before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Go to the keeping your baby safe and healthy page to find the recommended immunization schedule.

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Vaccines during pregnancy

Vaccines play an important role in keeping a pregnant woman and her baby healthy before, during, and after pregnancy. Go to the getting healthy before you get pregnant page to see a chart of recommended vaccines for all pregnant women.

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DAD: Little Word….Big Deal

Click on the fatherhood page to read Dad: Little Word…Big Deal, a book written by Dr. Brad Lucas, an obstetrician. The book teaches men the basics of pregnancy, shows how they can participate and addresses their fears. It breaks down the mistakes to avoid, provides insight into doctor’s visits and changes in a woman’s body, and offers some handy lists (necessities to buy before the baby arrives, a checklist to follow in the days before delivery) and tips for navigating life after the baby is born.

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Resources for Pregnant Women and Children

Keep checking the resources for pregnant women and children page. We continue to add new resources, including contact information for the Teen Pregnancy Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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Stay Hydrated!

Besides helping to prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, and bladder infections, adequate fluid intake ensures that nutrient-rich blood goes to your baby. Proper hydration also reduces the risk of dehydration, which can lead to preterm labor. Most doctors recommend drinking between eight and 12 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day (more if you’re exercising or carrying multiples). Water is your best bet. But juices, milk, and soup count toward your total too. Generally speaking, you’re well hydrated if your urine is a clear or a pale straw color.

But sometimes it’s hard to drink that much water! Do you have any tips to help other mothers drink the amount of water they need? Please comment and share your ideas with our readers.

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Lamaze International for parents

Lamaze is a nonprofit organization that promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Website includes tips for pregnant women and new parents, advice on preparing for labor,a birth blog,and help connecting women with childbirth classes.
Click on the website to obtain more information:

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Caring for 2

A new resource for pregnant women has been added to our site. Click on the resources for pregnant women and children page to get information about this program.

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