Weeks 1-8

Congratulations! You and your family are pregnant. This is the time to contact your health care team to confirm your pregnancy and schedule your initial appointment. This 1–2-hour appointment can include collecting your medical history, completing a physical exam, and drawing lab work to gauge your current health status. While you do not need to start increasing how much you are eating now, it is important to focus on the kinds of foods you are choosing. Some key nutrients needed are Folate, Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin D to promote optimal health for you and your baby.

Developmental Milestones

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Nutrition Needs

Folate or Folic Acid

  • Level
    • Level 2
      • Level 3
        • Level 4


Iron + Vitamin C

Family Engagement Activity

  • Go to your first health care provider visit with your partner to confirm your pregnancy.

Caregiver's Corner

  • Choosing a provider: Midwife vs OB
    • Types of midwives: Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Certified Midwife (CM), Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Direct Entry Midwife, Lay Midwife
    • Birthing options, birthing plans
    • Insurance, philosophy of care, scope of practice and practice settings