Prenatal care is health care offered for pregnant women during the course of development and labor. If you are pregnant or think you could be, call the clinic to schedule an exam with the obstetrician. The doctor will schedule several appointments throughout your pregnancy.
Prenatal care is there to monitor the progress of you and your child healthy. Babies born to mothers who don’t get prenatal exams are 3 times more likely to have a low birth weight and 5 times more likely to struggle with infant mortality. The obstetrician can identify health issues early on when the mothers have consistent exams. Doctors can also go over what to expect and how moms can provide their unborn child with a healthy beginning.
The obstetrician will provide you with a schedule of all the exams you will need. Most experts suggest that women see go in for an exam:
If women are old than 35 or have a high-risk pregnancy, they will need to see the obstetrician more frequently to ensure everything is going smoothly.
During the first prenatal exam, expect the obstetrician to:
During the first exam, you should ask questions about any issues or concerns related to the pregnancy and development. Prenatal exams are usually shorter near the end of the pregnancy. The doctor will evaluate your health and make sure the baby is growing as it should. Most prenatal exams will now include:
While you're pregnant, you also will have routine tests including blood tests to check for anemia, blood type tests, HIV testing, etc. throughout the pregnancy. Depending on your age, personal health and family history, ethnic background, and the results of these tests more exams or screening may be needed.