Help for a Healthy Pregnancy
Prenatal care is vital for the health of a mother and baby and significantly reduces risk factors associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Prenatal care includes nutrition counseling, ultrasounds, and routine diagnostic testing to identify and treat complications early. Many women suffer from complications such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, blood type problems, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
It's important for the success of a pregnancy to seek a healthcare provider who specializes in prenatal, delivery, and postpartum services. Obstetricians and midwives handle most normal pregnancies while high-risk obstetricians (maternal-fetal medicine doctors) specialize in high-risk pregnancies.
Prenatal care goals:
- Monitor progress of pregnancy
- Assess risk factors
- Provide nutritional counseling
- Recommend or restrict certain activities and/or exercises
- Discuss common pregnancy symptoms and discomfort
- Prescribe medication when needed