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I just found out I’m pregnant!

You’re pregnant, congratulations! Now what?

Here are a few things you can start doing right away.

Make an appointment for prenatal care

One of the best things you can do for the health of you and your baby is to start getting prenatal care. Prenatal care is the care you get when you are pregnant; it is the foundation for a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery. Pregnancy complications can happen even if you are healthy. The best way to avoid complications and deliver a healthy baby is by starting prenatal care early in your pregnancy.

New patients are always welcome at Vecino Health Centers. Call 713-897-8933.

Make an appointment today

Don’t wait! The best way to have a healthy pregnancy is to start prenatal care early.

New patients are always welcome.

Fine-tune your eating habits during pregnancy

Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is important to your baby’s growth and development. In order to get the nutrients you both need, you must eat from a variety of food groups, including fruits and vegetables, bread and grains, protein sources, and dairy products.

Start taking prenatal vitamins

Although the main source of vitamins and nutrients needed during pregnancy should come from your food, a daily prenatal vitamin can help fill the gaps.

Watch more healthy pregnancy tips from the CDC.

Comprehensive maternity care at Vecino Health Centers

A team of providers dedicated to the health of you and your baby is ready to welcome you at Vecino Health Centers. Comprehensive maternity care — from conception to birth and postnatal, including onsite ultrasounds — is available at our Denver Harbor and Airline locations.

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.

Just ask about our Get Care program

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant?

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to pregnant women

If you are pregnant, you can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at any trimester. Discussing the vaccination with your prenatal care provider before getting it is always recommended.

Talk with your healthcare provider

The prenatal care providers at Vecino Health Centers are available by appointment to explain the latest information on the safety of the vaccines in pregnant women. They can help you decide if getting vaccinated is right for you and what to expect.

Study shows vaccinations are effective at protecting pregnant women

A new study shows that COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at protecting pregnant women and are likely to provide protection for their babies. In addition, more than 30,000 pregnant women who have received the vaccine have been self-reporting to the CDC and there have been no concerning outcomes or complications.

Stay informed

For the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women, visit the CDC website or schedule an appointment for prenatal care with Vecino’s team of providers.

Maternity care at Vecino Health Centers

Call 713-674-3326 to schedule an appointment.

Prenatal care during the coronavirus pandemic

Prenatal care during COVID-19 pandemic

Keeping prenatal patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

In-person prenatal care is important for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. When possible, some appointments may be conducted through our telemedicine platform so patients can talk to their team of providers from home.

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.

Prenatal care is the health care women get when they are pregnant; 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.

A team of experts, including our Women’s Health Coordinator, offers comprehensive care from conception to postnatal care, ultrasound, and childbirth service at St. Joseph Hospital.

 

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.

Regular prenatal visits are important

For a healthy pregnancy, your providers will want to see you regularly. Each visit is important. Here are some other things you can expect during your prenatal visits:

  • You will meet the team that will take care of you and your baby
  • You will get your blood pressure checked
  • Your baby’s heart rate will be checked
  • Your weight will be monitored
  • You will be able to get answers to any questions you may have
  • You’ll learn how to manage common symptoms like nausea and vomiting, swelling, cravings, and mood swings
  • You’ll find out the sex of your baby (after the first trimester)
  • Our team will assist you to be prepared to give birth

Prenatal health services are important for you and your baby

Pregnancy complications can happen even when you are healthy. The best way to avoid them and deliver a healthy baby is by staring prenatal care early in the pregnancy.

Research shows that babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are more likely to have a low birth weight, which may cause health problems. In addition, the likelihood that a baby will die at or soon after birth is higher when mothers do not receive 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.

Just ask about our Get Care program

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