Why Prenatal Care Is Important for You and Your Baby

Posted by GPWHC on 20 August 2018

You are overjoyed to be expecting, and are doing everything by the book; following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, taking prenatal vitamins…and you are in great health. Everything is going along perfectly, so why worry about prenatal care? In short, prenatal care is the best thing you can do for yourself AND your baby, and the sooner you begin checkups, the better the health of both mom and baby. Studies show that babies of moms who did not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight, and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who received prenatal care.

Prenatal checkups are used to be sure that both you and your baby are progressing as you should be. This is also the prefect opportunity to ask questions and develop a relationship with your OB/GYN. Your doctor can spot health problems early when they see expecting mothers’ regularly, and treat them. Early treatment can cure many problems, and prevent others. Having great prenatal care will also make you more comfortable and confident when you go into labor.

There are many benefits to getting prenatal care. First off, the health of you and your unborn baby depends on it. Early checkups can detect any potential health concerns (i.e. gestational diabetes or anemia) and treat them early. Your OB/GYN can also provide you with accurate nutritional information specific to you, including what you should and should not eat. Prenatal visits will also allow for your doctor to keep track of how your baby is developing. A measurement of your belly will show how your baby is growing, and an ultrasound can verify gender and track development. Your doctor will also listen to the fetal heartbeat each visit to be sure there are no abnormalities. A prenatal visit is a great time to go over family history with your OB/GYN to determine if specific tests should be performed. An amniocentesis test can check for genetic abnormalities such as Down Syndrome, detect a potential uterine infection, and check your baby’s health if you have Rh sensitization. Early prenatal visits allow you and you partner to begin creating a labor and delivery plan and discussing it with your doctor. Be open and honest with your OB/GYN. You should feel free to ask your doctor anything you want and learn all about potential risks that may happen during pregnancy or labor, and learn about all the benefits of each and every treatment available.

You and your baby deserve the most compassionate and informed care available to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Contact the expert providers at Great Plains Women’s Health Center to schedule a prenatal appointment.

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