Pre- natal care makes you and your baby healthy. One can obtain prenatal care from your trusted health providers, like an obstetrician, a family practice doctor, a certified nurse-midwife, a family nurse practitioner or a women’s health nurse practitioner.
There are different standards for prenatal care visits. Monthly prenatal visits until twenty-eight to thirty weeks and every two weeks until thirty-six weeks from thirty-seven weeks to delivery. Prenatal visits will have more frequency if concurrent problems, risk factors or disorders may occur.
In the Department of Health standards, common laboratory examinations in parental visits are required. At each prenatal check- ups, your health provider checks on your weight, CBC, Hgb, urinalysis, urine test for protein, random blood sugar and blood typing. You can also get to experience the exciting moment of seeing your baby for the first time with an ultrasound.
At each prenatal visit common prescriptions are necessary. First, the supplementation of iron, 60mg elemental iron, with two tablets of folic acid daily on the fifth month until two months postpartum. Second, low dose of Vitamin A supplementation with 10,000 IU in two weeks. Third, one iodized capsule to all pregnant women in endemic areas. Fourth, two tablets of chloroquine phosphate with 250mg per tablet every week for the duration of pregnancy in areas with malaria. Lastly, 0.5 ml of Tetanus Toxoid in each schedule.
Pre- natal check-up is very important to pregnant women, especially for the first time mothers. With regular pre- natal check- ups, the condition of the mother and the baby will have less chance of having a disease and other pregnancy infections.
by DORLYN NABUAB