Communication with Health Care Providers
Your prenatal care provider will talk with you about different aspects of your life that can affect your health and pregnancy. Some questions may be about traumatic experiences you have had in your lifetime, or if you were the victim of or witness of violence. Other questions will be about your living arrangements, if you have a safe place to stay, access to transportation, or if in the past year you needed help getting food or had difficulties paying your bills.
To help you plan the treatments and care that are best for you and your baby, they will ask you about the following:
- Medications, nutritional supplements, and vitamins you have taken before and during your pregnancy
- Substances you used before and during pregnancy such as opioids, alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc
- Infections such as Zika, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV) or Syphilis
Your providers are also interested in your mental health and emotional well-being. They will want to know about your hopes, concerns, and feelings about having a new baby; about the skills and strengths that will make you be a good parent; and if you have people in your life you can call on if you are having a rough day, or just need a little encouragement. Some questions can be hard to answer, however the pediatricians and staff are your partners.