Preparing for healthy pregnancy
Good antenatal care is the key to healthy mothers, happy pregnancies, and thriving babies and its importance can’t be over-emphasized. It’s now accepted by most doctors that the best way to improve the statistics on childbirth is through early and vigorous antenatal care. By talking to doctors and midwives at antenatal clinics, and to other mothers, you can find out more about pregnancy and birth, which should reassure you and make you feel more confident. Much of the antenatal care is routine, but at the clinic you can ask questions and explore the different circumstances in which you can have your baby so that you can plan for the kind of birth you want.
Preparing your body for healthy pregnancy by going to the pregnancy doctor
As soon as you suspect or know that you are pregnant, make an appointment to see your doctor. He or she will want to know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP) as it is from this day that the pregnancy is measured. Depending on how far your pregnancy is advanced, your doctor will perform some pregnancy test – either a urine test (How soon can you take a pregnancy test) or a blood test if you have missed at least one menstrual period. He or she may want to confirm the pregnancy even if you have already used a home kit yourself and know that you’re pregnant.
The first visit to your doctor is important not just for confirmation of the pregnancy. It’s at this first meeting that you can discuss in general terms the options for birth, so give the subject some thought before you go along – for example, whether you would like a home or hospital birth. Your preferences may conflict with your doctor’s desire to stick to routines and procedures that he or she is used to and is reluctant to change, particularly about home births. It’s helpful for your partner to accompany you to this first appointment so you can discuss these issues together and iron out any difficulties from the start.
If you are over 35, or you have some history of genetic disorders in the family, you may need to see an obstetrician about having (Genetic testing during pregnancy ). This procedure should be done around weeks ten to12, so visit your doctor early to get a letter of referral.
Use your doctor as a source of information; ask for a list of recommended books to read and pamphlets to send off for. If your doctor does not specialize in obstetrics, he or she may pass you on to another member of the practice, or you may be referred to a neighboring practice where they undertake antenatal care and l home birth if this is what you want.
The other option is to attend the local hospital or the hospital of your choice depending on your area, in which case you will be looked after by the team of midwives and the medical staff at the hospital and not by your doctor.
After confirmation of the pregnancy, your doctor will make arrangements for your antenatal care. This will depend upon the sort of birth you want. Most prenatal care is now undertaken at community antenatal clinics run by midwives, not at hospitals. For preparing for healthy pregnancy, You should only need to go to the hospital clinic for your first visit when you need to have a scan, blood tests and so on. You will only have to go to a hospital clinic more than once if there is a particular reason you need to be examined by an obstetrician, such as high blood pressure, or if you have some underlying medical condition such as diabetes.