Prenatal care is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Prenatal care refers to the regular medical and nursing care recommended for women during pregnancy.
Prenatal care is a type of preventative care with the goal of providing regular check-ups that allow doctors or midwives to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy while promoting healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child.
During check-ups, women will receive medical information over maternal physiological changes in pregnancy, biological changes, and prenatal nutrition including prenatal vitamins. Recommendations on management and healthy lifestyle changes are also made during regular check-ups.
The availability of routine prenatal care has played a part in reducing maternal death rates and miscarriages as well as birth defects, low birth weight, and other preventable health problems.
The purpose of the first prenatal visit is to make sure that the mother is healthy, and that the baby is growing. The first visit includes a full exam of blood tests, pelvic exam, sonogram, and a lot of discussion. Be sure to watch so you know what to expect during your first prenatal visit and tests.