What every expectant mother’s heart desires is, above all, a healthy baby. There are many things that you can’t control, of course, but what you can control is the healthcare, guidance and support that you receive during this time. You want to be sure that both you as the mother, and your growing baby, receive the best medical care possible from a top ob-gyn in Durban.
The Importance Of Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is the medical care, observation and examinations which a pregnant woman should undergo for the duration of her pregnancy. Attending regular prenatal exams is essential to maintain the health of mommy-to-be as well as the baby.
Naturally then, it’s important that your Obstetrician (the doctor who specialises in pregnancy and delivery) is knowledgeable and experienced in order to identify and treat any potential risks or problems. You may also choose a Gynaecologist, Midwife or other specialist clinics, depending on your preference. What you should never compromise on is the quality of the care you and your baby receive.
A proper and reliable prenatal care regimen should cover the following items during pregnancy:
- High risk Obstetrics
- Medical disorders during pregnancy
- Multiple pregnancies
- Antenatal care
- HIV in pregnancy
- Birthing guidance
Any obstetrician providing the above means that they are equipped to guide you through your pregnancy in the best way and also, to handle any risks or complications at the highest standards of care. You won’t have to add to your concerns by having to see additional specialists.
How Prenatal Care Works
You may schedule your first checkup during the first 6 to 8 weeks of your pregnancy, or when your period is 2 to 4 weeks late. Many health care providers wait until after high-risk weeks to schedule the first visit unless there is any reason to suspect a problem.
A healthy expectant mother with no complicating risk factors would normally visit her health care provider every 4 weeks until the 28th week of pregnancy; then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks; then once a week until delivery which will be around 40 weeks.
At each checkup, your weight and blood pressure will be monitored, and the doctor may measure the size and shape of your uterus, to check whether the foetus is growing and developing normally.
You can also expect to undergo certain screening tests, which could be blood or urine tests.
Concerns During Pregnancy
With proper care, most health concerns during pregnancy can be very well managed. Your doctor will be able to advise you on issues such as diet and weight gain, what you should and shouldn’t eat, medication and other physical or emotional changes.
Proper medical care is essential for the health of mother and baby, and Dr Nitesh is experienced, caring and more than competent to provide for your every need during this sensitive time.
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