Prenatal Care << Frequently Asked Questions << womenshealth.gov: "Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by:
Getting early prenatal care. If you know you're pregnant, or think you might be, call your doctor to schedule a visit.
Getting regular prenatal care. Your doctor will schedule you for many checkups over the course of your pregnancy. Don't miss any — they are all important.
Following your doctor's advice."