PRE AND POST NATAL CHECK UPS
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Pregnancy care consists of prenatal (before birth) and postpartum (after birth) healthcare for expectant mothers.
It involves treatments and trainings to ensure a healthy pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour and delivery for mum and baby.
PRE NATAL CARE
Prenatal care helps decrease risks during pregnancy and increases the chance of a safe and healthy delivery. Regular prenatal visits can help your doctor monitor your pregnancy and identify any problems or complications before they become serious.
Babies born to mothers who lack prenatal care have triple the chance of being born at a low birth weight. Newborns with low birth weight are five times more likely to die than those whose mothers received prenatal care.
every month in the first six months you are pregnant
If your pregnancy is considered high risk because of your age or health conditions, you may require more frequent visits and special care. You may also need to see a doctor who works with high-risk pregnancies.
While most attention to pregnancy care focuses on the nine months of pregnancy, postpartum care is important, too. The postpartum period lasts six to eight weeks, beginning right after the baby is born.
During this period, the mother goes through many physical and emotional changes while learning to care for her newborn. Postpartum care involves getting proper rest, nutrition, and vaginal care.
Getting proper nutrition in the postpartum period is crucial because of the changes your body goes through during pregnancy and labour.
The weight that you gained during pregnancy helps make sure you have enough nutrition for breast-feeding. However, you need to continue to eat a healthy diet after delivery.
Experts recommend that breast-feeding mothers eat when they feel hungry. Make a special effort to focus on eating when you are actually hungry — not just busy or tired.
avoid high-fat snacks
focus on eating low-fat foods that balance protein, carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables
drink plenty of fluids
Getting enough rest:
Rest is crucial for new mothers who need to rebuild their strength. To avoid getting too tired as a new mother, you may need to:
sleep when your baby sleeps
keep your baby’s crib near your bed to make night feedings easier
allow someone else to feed the baby with a bottle while you sleep
New mothers should make vaginal care an essential part of their postpartum care. You may experience:
vaginal soreness if you had a tear during delivery
urination problems like pain or a frequent urge to urinate
discharge, including small blood clots
contractions during the first few days after delivery
Schedule a check-up with your doctor about six weeks after delivery to discuss symptoms and receive proper treatment.
You should abstain from sexual intercourse for four to six weeks after delivery so that your vagina has proper time to heal.
It’s important to stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy and during the postpartum period.
Stay on top of all of your healthcare appointments and follow your doctor’s instructions for the health and safety of you and your baby.
Dr Vinith Menezes, Dr Emily MacDonald, Dr Thong Le and Dr Oi Mun Chan are all experienced in pre and post-natal care, with additional qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology to assist you through your pregnancy, birth and care of your new born.
Source Healthline Newsletter