What does prenatal care mean?
Throughout your pregnancy, you will get prenatal care from a doctor, nurse, or midwife. It contributes to the well-being of both you and your future child.
A physical exam, weight tests, and a urine sample are normally included in prenatal visits to a health care provider. Blood checks and imaging tests, such as ultrasound scans, can be performed depending on the stage of the pregnancy. At these appointments, the mother’s wellbeing, the health of the baby, and any pregnancy-related questions are discussed.
What are the benefits of prenatal care?
Prenatal care is crucial for remaining healthy during pregnancy.
Your future baby’s development will be monitored by a doctor, nurse, or midwife.
With regular prenatal care women can:
- Reduce the chances of complications during pregnancy. Following a nutritious, balanced diet, exercising regularly as directed by a health care professional, and avoiding potentially harmful substances like lead and radiation may help minimize the risk of complications during pregnancy and encourage fetal health and growth.
- Reduce the fetus’s and infant’s risk for complications.
- Assist in ensuring the safety of the medicines women take. Certain medications should not be taken by pregnant women because they can affect the fetus.
When do I start seeing a prenatal care provider?
You should begin prenatal care as soon as you find out you’re expecting.
It’s generally preferable to see a doctor prior to being pregnant, which is known as pre-pregnancy care or preconception planning. If that isn’t an option, start prenatal visits as soon as you can.
How often will I have prenatal care visits?
The frequency at which you receive prenatal care is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy and how high the risk of complications is. For someone between the ages of 18 and 35 who is in good health, a standard prenatal care plan is as follows:
- For the first 32 weeks, every 4 or 6 weeks
- For the 32nd-37th weeks, every 2 or 3 weeks
- From the 37th week until delivery, every week
If you’re having a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor will want you to come in for more frequent check-ups.
One of the easiest ways to ensure a healthy birth is to have a healthy pregnancy. Getting prenatal care early and on a regular basis means increasing the likelihood of a successful pregnancy. With a pre-pregnancy visit to a health care provider, this care will begin well before pregnancy.
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