How soon should I see a doctor after learning I’m pregnant?

It’s critical to see a healthcare provider throughout your pregnancy, both for the safety of you and your unborn child. Prenatal care offers not just medical care, but also education and support for pregnancy and childbirth.

Most providers schedule your first visit around eight weeks of pregnancy. As soon as you suspect you’re pregnant, call your obstetrician/gynecologist to set up your appointment.

At this initial visit, you can expect to discuss your due date, your health history and any pregnancy risk factors you may face. This is a good time to ask your provider questions about your pregnancy, so jot down anything you’d like to ask and take the list with you to your appointment.

If you need help locating a provider, ask your local health department for resources or visit our online Bootheel Community Resource Guide:

Always talk to your medical provider if you have questions about pregnancy or your health.

Is my baby at risk for heat stroke?

July and August are among the hottest months of the year, and your baby is especially vulnerable to the dangers of overheating – including suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat stroke. Symptoms include unusual tiredness or thirstiness, as well as cool, moist skin. Leg and stomach cramps can also occur. Heat stroke is more severe and can include a temperature of 103 degrees or higher with no sweating, hot/red/dry skin, rapid pulse, vomiting, restlessness, lethargy and unconsciousness.

If your baby exhibits any of the symptoms of heat stroke, call 911. While waiting for an ambulance, move your child to a cool area and undress him or her. Sponging your child down with cool water can help decrease his or her body temperature. A fan may also help.

Avoiding placing your child at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke by:

  • Dressing him or her in loose, lightweight clothing
  • Staying in the shade when you’re outside
  • Checking his or her temperature during car rides, to ensure no overheating
  • Keeping your baby well hydrated
  • Staying indoors when temperatures are very high
  • Never leaving your child in a parked car

Always talk to your medical provider if you have questions about heat stroke or your baby’s health and wellbeing.