- Women's Health
The Importance of Pre- and Post-natal Care
The Importance off Pre- and
When a woman's pregnancy has been diagnosed, she should immediately go to an antenatal clinic to receive regular check-ups before the baby is born. These are designed to detect problems of the unborn baby before symptoms occur so that more help can be given.
The doctor will also examine the mother, checking heart and lungs, spine, stomach and pelvis - all vital tests to ensure that she has no disease. Her urine will also be checked for protein (to exclude kidney disease) and sugar (to exclude diabetes). A small blood sample will also be taken from her arm to be examined for iron content and to check the blood group.
Post natal care is likewise necessary to ensure that no complications have developed in the woman after childbirth.This will include an examination of the stomach and pelvis to see to it that the pelvic organs have returned to their pre-pregnant state.Other concerns such as post-natal depression, contraception and planning of the family, and how to get back into shape may also be discussed.