What is Antenatal Care and Why is it Necessary?
Pregnancy, Labor and birth of a child are important milestones in a coupleís life. Regular medical care, knowledge of your choices, and understanding the unknown events during pregnancy can make childbirth an extremely enriching and joyful event.
A womanís health and behavior in pregnancy affect her baby. A poor diet, smoking, intake of alcohol, certain drugs, and severe illnesses can hold back the babyís 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.
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Latest Publications and Research on Pregnancy and Antenatal Care
- Antenatal and postnatal depression - Are Polish midwives really ready for them? - Published by PubMed
- Treatment and Management of Depression Symptoms in Pregnant Veterans: Varying Experiences of Mental Health Care in the Prenatal Period. - Published by PubMed
- Psychiatric Disorders in the Adolescent Offspring of Mothers with Thyroid Problems During Pregnancy. - Published by PubMed
- Very Prolonged Anti-D: Confusion Surrounding Alloimmunization After Extra Rh Immunoglobulin: A Case Report. - Published by PubMed
- Obstetric fistula in southern Mozambique: a qualitative study on women's experiences of care pregnancy, delivery and post-partum. - Published by PubMed