PRENATAL CARE - Book an appointment with your health care professional as soon as you notice some pregnancy symptoms. Many people also do online pregnancy test, but you should always choose a right practitioner who gives respect to your health concerns. In the first visit your doctor may do a pregnancy test, physical examination and may calculate the weeks of pregnancy depending on your first day of last menstrual cycle and predict the expected date of delivery. If the mother and baby is healthy, your health care provider may advice you to schedule prenatal checkups as shown below.
- Every 4 weeks until 28 weeks of pregnancy
- Then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks of pregnancy
- Then once in a week until delivery.
- Along with a healthy diet your doctor may prescribe multi vitamins supplement needed for the baby’s growth.
- It is important to drink plenty of fluids, especially, water to prevent dehydration and constipation.
- A balanced diet will also reduce the risks of anaemia, as well as other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and morning sickness. Good nutrition is thought to help balance mood swings and it may facilitate delivery as well.
- A healthy weight gain of 11 or 12 kg is recommended if you are in normal range of weight before pregnancy. This may vary in the case of twins and triplets.
- Eating right during pregnancy can help prevent premature labor and birth, toxemia, placental abruption, gestational diabetes, problems with breastfeeding and healing, and many other serious health problems that would place a mom in the high-risk pregnancy category.
- Avoid foods that are dangerous to pregnancy like partially cooked non-vegetarian items, raw sea foods, undercooked eggs, and unpasteurised dairy products to reduce the risk of bacterial and parasitic infestations.