Before modern medicine the risk of the baby or the mother dying during pregnancy/childbirth was moderately high, now that doctors know what is good for the baby and the mother, it's much easier to have a smooth pregnancy and most of the time a very smooth childbirth as well!
What does GOOD prenatal care include?
- Good eating habits before and during pregnancy
- Frequent prenatal exams
- Routine ultrasounds to make sure the baby is up to health!
- Routine screenings for:
* Blood pressure problems
* Genetic Disorders
What is the purpose of prenatal care?
- Monitor both the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy
- Look for changes that may lead to a high-risk pregnancy
- Explain nutritional requirements during and after pregnancy
- Discuss common pregnancy complaints such as morning sickness, backaches, leg pain, frequent urination, constipation, and heartburn and how to manage them, preferably without medications
- Give support to the pregnant woman and her family
How often do you need to visit your doctor while pregnant?
* Every 4-6 weeks during the first 28 weeks of gestation
* Every 2-4 weeks from 28 to 36 weeks gestation
* Weekly from 36 weeks to delivery
At these appointments they will usually check your weight gain, blood pressure, fundal height, and the baby's heart beat (as appropriate) at each visit.They may also do urine tests each visit if needed. If you aren't having these regular checkups (WHICH YOU SHOULD BE!!!!!) and you are having any of these problems you should be sure to get to your doctors office ASAP.
- Painful Urination
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Severe belly pain
- Physical or severe emotional trauma
- Your water breaks
- Are half way in your pregnancy and your baby isn't moving as often or not at all.