Prenatal Care for Women

Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is a complex process and it requires much attention at least during the peak months. As the woman undergoes several hormonal and emotional changes, that of course affect the infant, prenatal care thus becomes very important for the infant and the mother.

Prenatal care is thus a procedure of nutrition intake primarily for the baby as it develops inside the womb. It also takes into account health care for the mother as any negligence can lead to severe consequences.

Why is prenatal care important?

Prenatal care keeps the baby and the mother healthy. Research shows that mothers who do not get prenatal care are more likely to give birth to underweight kids and even higher chances of them dying at the time of birth as compared to mothers who get prenatal care.

How can one take care of herself while pregnant?

Prenatal care is a long list of dos and don’ts and health standards. Some of the common points are:

  • Get regular prenatal care by periodically meeting with the doctor. Regular monitoring is important.
  • Avoid consumption of certain substances like alcohol and nicotine.
  • Avoid x-rays.
  • Folic acid is a very vital element of prenatal care. Ensure you get 400 to 800 micrograms everyday for 3 months at least.
  • Any medical conditions like asthma, thyroid disease, blood pressure should be kept in check through regular medications.
  • Eat the best and the healthiest food consisting of fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates. Keep yourself fit and secure.
  • Any contaminated our outside food should be avoided for at least the period of pregnancy.
  • Stress should be kept at bay.
  • Moderate workouts ensure your’s and your baby’s health remains intact.
  • Stay away from chemicals like insecticides, solvents, mercury, etc.
  • Certain pets like cats can cause some parasites to infect you. Avoid them while keeping unneeded animals like rodents away from your vicinity.

What all is needed during a prenatal visit?

A prenatal visit is usually intended to meet the doctor who is monitoring your health. Ensure you visit a reputed one. Usually, the doctor will ask you on the following things:

  • Family history for any disorders or diseases.
  • Complete physical exam, including pap tests and pelvic exams.
  • Check several indicators like blood pressure and weight.
  • Recommend you on any lifestyle or eating habits if possible.
  • Take urine and blood for testing.

What is the best time to get prenatal care?

The best time to get such care is during and before you get pregnant. Prenatal care more or less involves overall health care before a woman even goes for a pregnancy. So ensure you maintain your overall health.

Lastly, be wary at what age you might want to get pregnant as recent studies show that as women age, their tendency to get several disorders like breast cancers and uterus cancers increases besides affecting the health of their infant. Late mothers also give birth to weak kids. So ensure the timing is perfect.