hotstepper.com.ng presents to you: Prenatal care: The earlier, The better
Prenatal care, also known as antenatal care, is a type of preventive healthcare. Its goal is to provide regular check-ups that allow doctors or midwives to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy and to promote healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child. Wikipedia
The health of future generations is to a great extent determined by the baby’s growth and development within the womb.
The success of fetal life determines not only the health of the newborn but also has a major impact on adult health and disease risk. Good prenatal health is therefore important to individuals, to society and to future generations.
The Benefits of Prenatal care.
Prenatal care reduces the risk of pregnancy complications.
following a healthy, safe diet; getting regular exercise as advised by a health care provider, and avoiding exposure to potentially harmful substances such as lead and radiation can help reduce the risk for problems during pregnancy and promote fetal health and development.
Most problems at birth are caused by prematurity, fetal growth restriction, congenital abnormalities or asphyxia. With access to antenatal care, especially in early pregnancy. Many of these can be prevented or anticipated.
It helps reduce fetus and infant’s risk for complications.
Particularly relevant in this respect are modifiable lifestyle risks such as smoking, alcohol consumption, drug abuse, obesity, malnutrition, inadequate folic acid intake and occupational exposures. Perinatal mortality and morbidity raise three times higher in some socially deprived districts.
Meanwhile, the effects of poverty on perinatal health are not limited to immigrant groups. According to one recent study supported by the NIH, these and other long-term problems can occur even with low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure.
Prenatal care ensures the medications taken, are safe.
Women should not take certain medications, including some acne treatments and dietary and herbal supplements, during pregnancy because they can harm the fetus.
Getting help on other factors that may affect the pregnancy
Current antenatal care which focuses mainly on medical risks needs to evolve to include non-medical factors. It needs to reach out to all parts of the community.
There is a need for greater awareness among healthcare professionals of the personal and community life of pregnant women. This should also include social deprivation and domestic violence.
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