Antenatal care is the care that a pregnant woman receives from a healthcare provider (an obstetrician) during her pregnancy. It includes regular check-up of the baby as well as pregnant mother to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Starting Antenatal care
Antenatal care should start as soon as a woman gets pregnant as it is a very crucial stage that requires continuous care and regular appointments with obstetrician. Although a monthly antenatal visit to check the health status of mother as well as baby is required for every pregnant woman but it may be designed according to the special needs of the pregnancy.
First Antenatal visit care
At the first antenatal visit, the pregnancy details are recorded with your doctor and an ante-natal card is prepared with basic information about the parent. This card is to be filled at every visit to keep a track of the pregnancy. A folic acid supplementation is prescribed for first trimester.
In addition to this, some basic tests are performed including:
A first-trimester ultrasound scan [USG] is performed to evaluate:
After first visit, each next visit is scheduled either at 3 or 2 weeks interval depending upon the pregnancy condition. It would include the following:
A Down’s syndrome screening is carrried out between 12-13 weeks with a special blood test known as the double marker test
Importance of regular Antennal care
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