Congratulations! Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and scariest times in a woman’s life. Whether your pregnancy was planned or unplanned, your firstborn or third child, your life will change. The first thing you need to do is schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Fresno BIHGetting early and continuous prenatal care is one of the most important things you can do for you and your baby. According to the March of Dimes, in 2006, about 1 out of every 36 babies born was to a California mother who received late prenatal care (third trimester) or no prenatal care at all.

If a pregnant woman does not get prenatal care, it puts her baby at a higher risk to be born low weight and more likely to die. Getting prenatal care means that your baby’s health and development is being checked to make sure there are no problems. Keeping regular appointments can help identify and/or prevent health problems.

If you need help finding a doctor, call the Black Infant Health Program at 1-800-640-0333.

No Insurance? Don’t Worry

If you are pregnant and do not have insurance, you may qualify for Presumptive Eligibility (PE). Presumptive Eligibility (PE) is a Medi-Cal program designed to provide immediate, temporary coverage for prenatal care to pregnant women who do not have health insurance or Medi-Cal. If you are pregnant you can receive prenatal care, do not wait to see a doctor because you do not have health insurance.

Learn more about Presumptive Eligibility

Call the Black Infant Health Program at 1-800-640-0333 to get more information about local PE doctors you can go to.

Your First Prenatal Care Visit: What to Expect

At your first prenatal appointment you will be asked to fill out a health history form. It is important to let your doctor know about your past medical history, prior pregnancies, illnesses, surgeries or health conditions, so your doctor can give you and your baby the best care possible. You will have a physical exam and have blood drawn to be checked for blood type, anemia, rubella immunity, Hepatitis B, HIV, and possibly other conditions such as sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and herpes simplex virus.

Learn more about prenatal care.

Pregnancy Quiz

What Does My Baby Look Like Now?

Your baby is growing every minute of every day. Every month brings new growth and development. Your baby needs his/her nine months to fully develop and be born at a healthy weight.

Take a Peek at a Growing Baby: Month by Month

Breast or Bottle?
Breast feedingBreastfeeding provides everything your baby needs to grow, increases bonding and benefits mom by decreasing her chances of developing breast cancer and so much more – all at no cost. Make the decision to breastfeed during your pregnancy and get the support from your family and doctor. Breastfeeding is not always easy for every new mom. It takes commitment, but will benefit your baby in the future. When you compare the pros and cons of breastfeeding versus bottle feeding, the answer is very simple--Breast is the Best!

Q: Do you know what this is an ingredient label for?

“Enzymatically hydrolyzed reduced minerals, whey protein concentrate, palm olein, soy, coconut, high-oleic safflower oils, lactose, maltodextrin, potassium citrate, calcium phosphate, calcium chloride, salt, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, inositol, choline bitartrate, sodium ascorbate, alpha tocophyeryl acetate, naicinamide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, phylloquinone, biotin, vitamin D3, vitamin B12, taurine, L-carnitine"

A: Formula

Learn more about breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding: Best for Baby, Best for Mom

Breastfeeding: Strategies for Success

Tips for Breastfeeding Moms


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