Preparing for Pregnancy Take steps now to prepare for pregnancy—schedule a pre-pregnancy exam with your doctor to ensure you are in optimal health. Now That You're Pregnant Good prenatal care is essential for a healthy pregnancy. You can see an OB/GYN, a family doctor, a nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse midwife for care. Your Growing Baby For a healthy baby, make wise lifestyle choices during pregnancy: No smoking and no alcohol are two of the most important. Your Changing Body The hormones of pregnancy bring on a number of changes, from nausea to fatigue. Your growing, developing baby, too, has a profound effect. Pregnancy Tests & Procedures A range of tests and procedures is available to help monitor you and your developing child.