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Initial prenatal assessment and first-trimester prenatal care

Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Urania Magriples, MD
Section Editor
Susan M Ramin, MD
Deputy Editor
Vanessa A Barss, MD, FACOG


The major goal of prenatal care is to ensure the birth of a healthy baby with minimal risk for the mother. There are several components involved in achieving this objective:

Early, accurate estimation of gestational age

Identification of the patient at risk for complications

Ongoing evaluation of the health status of both mother and fetus

Anticipation of problems and intervention, if possible, to prevent or minimize morbidity


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