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Prenatal Care

Keeping you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have the option to provide virtual (phone or video), as well as in-person prenatal visits. Virtual visits are one was to limit exposures for you and your family as well as our healthcare workers.

We recognize that limiting exposures must be balanced with the support and emotional needs that pregnant people may have during this time. If you feel that in-person appointments would benefit you, please let us know. We will make an in-person visit for you to talk face to face with your provider.

  • A medical assistant will obtain your vital signs and inform your provider (doctor, midwife, or nurse practitioner) that you are ready. We will ask if you are okay performing the rest of the visit virtually by telephone or video (recommended to avoid exposures).
  • Your provider will see you in your clinic room. They will be wearing a mask and eye protection.
  • A medical assistant will draw any blood that may be needed.
  • Your next visit will be scheduled either as an in-person visit or a virtual visit as decided by you and your provider.
  • You will be scheduled with a specific appointment time for your phone or video visit, just like an in-person visit.
  • If you are scheduled for a telephone visit: At the time of your appointment, a provider (doctor, midwife, or nurse practitioner) will call you on your phone and will discuss all of the information that would be covered at your visit had it been done in person.
  • If you are scheduled for a video visit: Please sign on to MyChart a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Go to your visits and select to start the video visit. You provider will then join you via Zoom, through MyChart.

Getting ready for your virtual visit

Equipment help

Find instructions on how to use equipment

If you have a blood pressure cuff and/or thermometer at home, your provider would like to know your temperature and blood pressure at the time of your virtual visits. You can watch the following videos for instructions on how to use the equipment

  1. How to take your blood pressure
  2. How to take your temperature
Prenatal education materials

Educational Materials

Prenatal care

Your and baby's health

Education and resources

Other services

Additional Services During your Pregnancy

Nutrition and mental health support

Prenatal Nutrition and Mental Health

There a lot of things to prepare before the arrival of your baby. This can be both an exciting and anxious time. We've prepared nutrition and mental health resources here to keep you healthy, mind and body.

Nutrition

  1. Minnesota Department of Health
    Nutrition during pregnancy in English, Spanish, and Somali
  2. United States Department of Agriculture 
    Tips for pregnant moms
  3. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    Nutrition during pregnancy
  4. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Nutrition and coronavirus
  5. Budget Bytes
    Delicious recipes for small budgets and emergency preparedness

Tips for managing anxiety, worry, and stress

Three things to help your anxiety

  1. Limit your sugar, alcohol and caffeine intake. Because anxiety is physiological, stimulants may have a significant impact.
  2. Check in with your toes. How do they feel? Wiggle them. This kind of refocusing can calm you and break the anxiety loop.
  3. When you're in the middle of an anxiety episode, talking or thinking about it will not help you. Try to distract yourself with your senses: Listen to music, jump rope for five minutes, or rub a piece of Velcro or velvet.

Remember: Anxiety happens in your mind and your body so trying to think your way out of it won't help.

Three things to help your worries:

  1. Give yourself a worry budget,” an amount of time in which you allow yourself to worry about a problem. When that time is up (start with 20 minutes), consciously redirect your thoughts.
  2. When you notice that you're worried about something, push yourself to come up with a next step or to take action.
  3. Write your worries down. Research has shown that just eight to 10 minutes of writing can help calm obsessive thoughts.

Remember: Worry is helpful only if it leads to change, not if it turns into obsessive thoughts.

Three things to help your stress

  1. Get exercise. This is a way for your body to recover from the increase of adrenaline and cortisol.
  2. Get clear on what you can and can't control. Then focus your energy on what you can control and accept what you can't.
  3. Don't compare your stress with anyone else's stress. Different people respond differently to stressful situations.

Remember: Stress is a biological response that is a normal part of our lives.

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Pregnancy and COVID-19 FAQ

Answers to your questions

Social services

Help with food, shelter and other services

Staying connected

We encourage all of our patients to be on MyChart. MyChart allows us to communicate with you and helps you keep track of your appointments. You can even see lab results in your MyChart account. If you do not currently have a MyChart account, set one up here or call 612-873-5600.