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34 Weeks Pregnant: Helpful Tips for Mom
Calcium intake is extremely important during pregnancy, because your baby will draw calcium from you, to make and harden his or her bones. This can greatly weaken your bones and teeth if you're not getting enough calcium.
If you haven't already, it is time to start the selection process for a pediatrician. The selection process involves some serious considerations. Some things to think about include the following:
- Decide if you want a pediatrician or a family practitioner. A pediatrician is a physician who specializes in the development, care, and diseases of children. A family practitioner is a physician who has training in many areas of medicine and can be the primary care provider for all members of your family.
- Ask for recommendations. People to ask include your own doctor, friends, and family.
- Identify the local doctors who accept your health insurance.
- Decide if you want to use a doctor in a group or a solo practice. A solo doctor works alone, while a group doctor works with several other doctors in a clinic.
- If you chose a family practitioner (or have been using one for your prenatal care), talk to him or her about who will deliver your baby. If the family practitioner is in a group practice, he or she may have strict call schedules. Alternatively, the family practitioner may try to deliver his or her patients (your baby) personally. Keep in mind that choosing a family practitioner does not mean that he or she will necessarily deliver your baby. Most women will have the doctor or midwife that has been providing the prenatal care deliver their baby.
After you have collected the names of a few possible healthcare providers, you will need to interview them. Interviews should take place face-to-face, and you should go to the interviews with a list of questions to ask the potential practitioner. The interviews should provide you with information about the practice and an opportunity to meet with the doctors. Once you have decided on a practitioner, you will need to provide the doctor's office with the following details:
- Your due date
- The name of the healthcare provider who is delivering your baby
- Location of delivery.