What Is Prenatal Care and Why Is It Important?
Getting checks during your pregnancy is known as prenatal care. It promotes the health of both you and the baby you’re expecting. Dr. Sreemdevi, MD, of Pediatric Associates of Frisco, offers prenatal care to women who are or may become pregnant. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 9191 Kyser Way Suite 500, Frisco, TX 75033.
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Prenatal care has become an essential component of a healthy pregnancy, baby, and mother, significantly reducing the frequency of complications, miscarriages, and maternal deaths globally.
Any person who is planning on becoming pregnant soon will be recommended to schedule a pre-pregnancy care visit with their physician to ensure that their body is in good health and increase their chances of having a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. During this care visit, the physician will likely recommend vitamins to the patient that will help to ensure their body is ready to carry a baby, such as folic acid, and can also address any questions or concerns that the patient may have regarding pregnancy or childbirth. The health care that is provided for preconception will vary from patient to patient depending on their individual needs and concerns.
Prenatal care is highly recommended for pregnant patients to help keep both you and the baby healthy. Physicians can detect and diagnose health problems much earlier, enabling them to provide essential early care or preventative care to improve the chances of the baby being born healthy and the rest of the pregnancy and labor being as comfortable and successful as possible. Studies have proven that mothers who do not receive prenatal care are up to five times more at risk for dying during childbirth, and the babies of mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to be born with a low birth weight. Prenatal care can also include early detection of many different health conditions, many of which might not typically be tested for unless the mother has a medical or family history that is putting them at risk. These visits also provide mothers with the opportunity to speak with a qualified physician to address any concerns or questions they may have that come up throughout the pregnancy or regarding childbirth or post-natal.
The primary goals of prenatal care include preventing and reducing the risk of complications throughout the pregnancy, preventing maternal deaths, and improving the health of the mother before, during, and after the pregnancy. The main components that are included in prenatal care consist of risk assessment, the promotion and education of health, and therapeutic intervention, all of which contribute to a healthy pregnancy as any health conditions or concerns can be detected and treated early, preventing them from worsening or becoming a long-term or severe condition.
Prenatal care will likely look a bit different for each mother depending on the presence of any pre-existing health conditions, the values of the patient, and her lifestyle, which all contribute to a healthy pregnancy and thus a healthy baby. Regardless of how the care looks for each, prenatal is one of the most important things a mother can do throughout pregnancy to significantly reduce the chances of a low birth rate, which contributes to several potentially life-threatening health conditions for the baby and ensures the health of both the mother and baby after birth has occurred. There is a wide range of complications that can occur throughout pregnancy, and almost no person will have a perfect pregnancy, both preventable and those that are not preventable. The physician will also ensure that the mother is taking any necessary vitamins or makes necessary changes to their diet or lifestyle to ensure that the pregnancy and birth are as successful as possible while protecting the health of the mother and baby.
Receiving prenatal care and taking all necessary dietary supplements, including prenatal vitamins can help prevent the occurrence of miscarriages, preterm labor, and defects developing in the fetus. There are several different birth defects or health conditions from which the baby can suffer if the mother is not providing them with enough nutrients, causing the baby to not be able to form properly in the womb in some cases. Nothing is guaranteed one way or the other, but receiving proper prenatal care, taking any recommended prenatal vitamins, and making any other recommended lifestyle changes will drastically reduce many risks and complications that are frequently experienced throughout pregnancies, childbirth, and even post-natally.
Allow us to make childbirth an amazing experience of your life. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 9191 Kyser Way Suite 500, Frisco, TX 75033. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX, and Dallas TX.