By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you are pregnant, or are considering becoming pregnant, you need to get to a physician for regular care and follow-up as soon as you can. There are numerous reasons.READ MORE: Waterford Township Schools Closed After More Than 60% Of Staff Sickened Following Luncheon
The simplest and most common is your doctor can answer dozens of questions you might have. In addition, you can start taking appropriate vitamins that can help the unborn baby, and be routinely monitored for conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes which can harm the unborn baby.READ MORE: Giant Supermarket Chain Opening 4 New Stores In Philadelphia, Hiring 700 Employees
Another key issue is to avoid some of the situations that can lead to prematurity. Babies born prematurely face more developmental issues than those who are born at full term. In fact, the most premature have a 78 times greater risk for cerebral palsy and a 10 times higher risk of mental retardation.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Officials Expected To Provide Update On Reopening Timeline Tuesday, Sources Say
Early care and close follow up are major steps that can help.