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Pregnancy care

Pregnancy Care

 When you get pregnant you may be overwhelmed by the wide spectrum of ambiguous emotions that bombard your soul: excitement, uncertainty, joy and fear are just a few among the feelings you will have to cope with in your new role as a future mother. Some of your worries, however, can be resolved by having the right pregnancy care that can ensure you and your baby’s physical and psychological well-being during the months of pregnancy.

Pre-Pregnancy Care

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Ideally, pregnancy care should start before you become pregnant. It is advisable to have a thorough general medical check-up to see if you have any condition that may lead to complications during pregnancy.  Ask your gynecologist or GP to recommend you some prenatal vitamin complex, providing the extra calcium, folic acid and iron you will need to maintain your health and to avoid certain birth defects. It is also advisable to give up on any unhealthy habits (smoking, drinking, excessive caffeine intake, drug abuse) that may do harm to the baby.

Pregnancy Care Package

In the first months of pregnancy it is essential to find the right health-care provider and choose a pregnancy care center that you can turn to for lab tests, imaging tests, genetic tests and for different pregnancy care tips that can help you get over the hard times. Pregnancy care specialists typically involve obstetrician-gynecologists and certified midwives. You will see each other quite often (10-15 visits during gestation) with your pregnancy care provider, so it is crucial that you like and trust them.

A good pregnancy care package should involve:

  • Instructions in nutrition and lifestyle habits
  • Regular routine blood and urine tests
  • Ultrasound imaging to detect any disorders with the baby
  • Screening for genetic disorders (Down’s syndrome)
  • Monitoring the mother’s health (blood pressure, diabetes screening, weight gain, hormonal changes)
  • Preparation for childbirth and breastfeeding
  • Identifying high-risk pregnancies
  • Counseling, everyday pregnancy care tips regarding some common concerns such as:
    • Activity restrictions
    • Morning sickness
    • Edema
    • Frequent urination
    • Sexual intercourse
    • Taking medication
  • Couple preparation for parenting

The Frequency of Pregnancy Care Visits

The frequency you are advised to visit your pregnancy care center depends on whether you are expecting a normal pregnancy and delivery or you have a high-risk pregnancy due to your age or medical condition (diabetes, obesity, thyroid problems, high-blood pressure).

During the first and second trimesters it is recommended to see your pregnancy care center every four weeks, unless there are complications such as:

  • Severe pain, cramping
  • Fever
  • Vaginal bleeding 

In the third trimester you will see your doctor or midwife every two weeks and from week 36 weekly check-ups are required.

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