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The March of Dimes has a new public awareness campaign encouraging women to seek early prenatal care – only 59% of pregnant women in Harris County receive prenatal care in their first trimester. Women who seek prenatal care early and regularly are more likely to have a healthy pregnancy and less likely to deliver their babies prematurely. Babies born even just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness compared to full-term infants. When seen early in a pregnancy, healthcare providers can identify social issues and medical conditions that could put mother and baby at risk and take steps for treatment.

Go see a healthcare provider as soon as you think you’re pregnant. Getting early and regular prenatal care helps keep you and your baby healthy. Early prenatal care may include screenings, tests and education about healthy choices. For free information and referral assistance, dial 2-1-1. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Remember 2-1-1 and go before you show. Do it for yourself and your baby.

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