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Prenatal Care Sessions: What Is It And Why It Is So Important

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Prenatal care was not as well-known among Indian women as it is in other countries.

Generally, most prenatal care sessions cover medical checkups with doctors, midwives, or nurses, and certain screening tests every once in a while to identify potential problems and ensure proper growth and development of the fetus.

When I conceived my baby, I consulted my gynecologist, and she gave me a detailed rundown about the treatment covered in prenatal care throughout my pregnancy. She answered all my queries and recommended that I opt for prenatal care to ensure my own health and well-being as well as that of my baby.

Things Covered in Prenatal Care Sessions

The doctors inform you about your health issues, if any, and give you instructions on how to keep yourself, and your baby healthy. This includes chalking out a diet and exercise regime that works for you and your requirements. The doctors will also explain how to follow a healthy lifestyle for moms-to-be and give them instructions on how to gain weight naturally and not overeat.

It’s a common myth among Indian women that during pregnancy, you have to eat for two. But this is not true and I learned about it only after attending my prenatal care sessions. Just imagine all the excess food our moms used to eat under the misconception that it is beneficial for the child!

One of the most important benefits of prenatal care for pregnant women is in determining the date of delivery. This depends on your health during pregnancy, as well as the growth of the baby, which is regularly monitored.

For Large-for-Gestational-Age (LGA) babies, the early delivery date may be recommended to avoid complications.

The prenatal care sessions are not limited to physical tests, diet, and exercise. Some doctors may include psychotherapy sessions to prevent postnatal depression in women who are prone to it.

Every woman should opt for prenatal care as it will help you learn a lot of things that you do not understand about pregnancy. A number of pregnancy risks can be averted with prenatal care. Women with health issues like diabetes, thyroid, and asthma, pose a greater threat to their unborn babies than those who don’t have these complications.

In fact, gestational diabetes can cause several harmful effects to the growing foetus like respiratory diseases, nutrient deficiency, hypoglycemia, and others.

It is wise not to ignore the importance of prenatal care if you want a complication-free delivery and happy, healthy motherhood.

Benefits Of Prenatal Care

Lesser pregnancy complications

Generally, all pregnancies appear to be normal, and it is quite difficult to detect a pregnancy complication on your own. In such situations, Prenatal care can be of great help in ensuring a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Check-ups on a regular basis can help in doing away with the problems that might be risky for pregnancy. Prenatal check-ups are the best way of getting information about the labour and delivery. With this, you can also decide the kind of delivery you wish to have. Last but not least, it helps in detecting health problems like gestational diabetes in the early phase before it causes any harm to your pregnancy.

Eliminating  congenital disabilities

Prenatal care plays an essential role in reducing the risk of foetal and infant diseases. Women who smoke and drink during pregnancy are prone to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Consuming alcohol during pregnancy can be the reason for several deformities in the child. Some of these deformities are the growth of organs outside the body, intellectual disability, and abnormal facial features. Opting for prenatal care will make you aware of the care your child needs.

Maintaining one’s health

While you’re taking care of your child during the pregnancy, don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Mothers who don’t get any kind of prenatal care are likely to have babies with low birth weight. These babies are prone to earlier death when compared to others. To avoid such situations, make sure that you keep your stress levels under control. Taking unnecessary stress during pregnancy can have adverse effects on the health of your baby.

Taking important tests

The term Prenatal diagnosis refers to testing the foetus or embryo for diseases or conditions that might affect the baby’s health. Opting for prenatal tests can help in dealing with risks like maternal death and miscarriages. Besides this, prenatal tests also have the capability to check foetal malformations like club foot, clenched fists, etc. All of these tests are done by studying the umbilical cord or amniotic fluid. Generally, Amniocentesis is done in the second trimester. It is quite helpful in detecting any kind of infection or genetic abnormalities like Down’s Syndrome. Last but not least, the Prenatal test holds utter importance in cases of Rh sensitization.

In Conclusion

If you’re planning to have a baby, please opt for prenatal care. It is one of the most trusted ways of ensuring the health of your baby. Besides this, it also keeps track of the mother’s health that is directly going to affect the baby’s health.

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