A woman’s health and behavior in pregnancy affect her baby. A poor diet, smoking, intake of alcohol, certain drugs, and severe illnesses can hold back the baby’s development. Hence during pregnancy, you should not only take good care of your own health but also go for regular checkups with your doctor. This is antenatal care
and it is absolutely necessary because it makes sure that you and the baby are fit and well.
Antenatal checkups prevent most medical problems. Even if there is a problem, early detection helps to control the problem better. For example, there is a condition called pre- eclampsia
in which there is weight gain, high blood pressure and stress on the kidney.
This is detected by regular blood pressure checks and checking the urine for protein. A urinary tract infection
during pregnancy can be detected by a simple urine analysis and its treatment helps the normal growth of the baby in the womb.