Last Updated on Aug 28, 2018

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.

Pregnancy and Antenatal Care

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.


Books -
  1. Working Womanís Pregnancy: Hilary Boyd
  2. A Rough Guide to Pregnancy and birth: Kaz Cooke
  3. Conception, pregnancy and birth: Dr. Miriam Stoppard
  4. New Pregnancy and birth: Dr. Miriam Stoppard

Latest Publications and Research on Pregnancy and Antenatal Care


Malini25 Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Nice post. Antenatal care is important but undergoing too many tests? is it safe during pregnancy?

samjain Saturday, January 17, 2015

Good crisp thoughts, however there is a lot more to taking care of yourself while you are pregnant. Here i found a great compilation.

RainbowHosp01 Friday, January 24, 2014

At RainbowHospital childbirth preparation classes are conducted for pregnant couples every week. In these classes the entire team of care-givers for the pregnant woman meet couple informally and take them through the changes in pregnancy, what are the do's and don'ts, right eating habits, exercise and fitness.

mahy98 Thursday, June 7, 2012

i want know what's the antenatal ex?

Amit_Goyal_Punjab_India Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pregnancy and Antenatal Care ‚Äď Do‚Äôs and Don‚Äôts Helps me for caring of my future baby as well as my wife

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