Prenatal care can begin the minute a woman decides she wants to become pregnant, but at a minimum, it should start as soon as a pregnancy is suspected.
Seeing a medical provider early and often throughout pregnancy will give your baby a better chance of being born healthy.
Your health care provider will monitor your health, your baby’s development, and is trained to look for signs and symptoms when extra care may be needed to prevent complications. Prenatal care helps prepare you for all phases of your pregnancy and what to expect during labor and delivery.
Though prenatal visits are usually one on one, some providers offer the option of Centering Pregnancy, which involves being cared for in a group setting with opportunities to learn and share with other pregnant women.
If you do not have a medical provider and need help accessing medical care, contact the SD Department of Health at 1-800-305-3064 or your local Department of Health office.