What prenatal care do I need during week 9 of pregnancy?

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At 9 weeks, fatigue and nausea are constant companions. Hormones are raging and the body is undergoing rapid changes to accommodate the growing baby-to-be. This is not the most pleasant part of pregnancy. Prenatal care is focused at maintaining healthy nutrition, hydration and exercise habits, getting rest and assessing for any signs of problems with the developing pregnancy.

By week 9, you've probably had your first prenatal doctor's appointment, so prenatal care at this point is usually just maintaining your healthy habits. During your appointment, your doctor may have given you recommendations as far as diet and nutrition, vitamin supplements, exercise, and medication choices. Continue making those healthy choices, especially focusing on eating well even though you may still have morning sickness. Folic acid, iron, calcium, and vitamin C continue to be very important for your baby's development, so make sure you're getting the right nutrients through your food and vitamin supplements. If you have any questions about prenatal care at this point, now is a great time to ask your doctor.

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