Antenatal care, also known as prenatal care, at Aster Nurture adopts holistic yet individualized approach to ensure a healthy pregnancy and the well-being of both the mother and the developing baby. It plays a vital role in ensuring a healthy pregnancy, identifying, and managing any potential complications, and preparing for a safe and positive childbirth experience. Several essential elements are involved in antenatal care, which typically involve regular visits to healthcare professionals throughout the pregnancy. Here are some key elements of antenatal care:
Initial Assessment: During the first antenatal visit, the Aster Nurture team collects a comprehensive medical history, including any previous pregnancies, medical conditions, family history, and lifestyle factors. This assessment helps in identifying potential risk factors and tailoring the care accordingly.
Physical Examinations: Obstetricians & Gynaecologists at Aster Nurture conduct regular physical examinations to monitor the overall health of the pregnant person. This may include measuring blood pressure, weight, height, and abdominal circumference. Routine tests such as urine analysis and blood tests are also performed to assess general health and identify any underlying conditions.
Screening and Diagnostic Tests: Our antenatal care involves a series of screening and diagnostic tests to monitor the health of both the mother and the baby. These tests may include blood tests, ultrasound scans, genetic screening, and screenings for gestational diabetes and other conditions. These tests help in identifying any potential complications or abnormalities and guide appropriate interventions.
Nutritional Counselling: Proper nutrition plays a crucial role in the health and development of the baby. Antenatal care includes guidance from healthcare professionals on maintaining a balanced diet, ensuring adequate intake of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Special attention may be given to factors such as weight gain, iron levels, and the importance of healthy eating habits.
Antenatal Classes / Childbirth Education Classes: Antenatal classes aim to empower expectant parents by providing them with knowledge, skills, and support to approach childbirth and early parenthood with confidence. Aster Nurture conducts regular antenatal classes both online and offline. These involve providing information and guidance to the moms-to-be and their partners on various aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, early parenthood, and postpartum care. Championed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, lactation specialists, counsellors, and trained instructors, these classes include topics such as breathing and relaxation techniques, breastfeeding, prenatal exercises, position and movement during labour, labour and delivery options, pain management techniques, and newborn care. Counselling sessions also address emotional well-being, stress management, and preparing for the transition to parenthood. Antenatal classes also offer an opportunity to connect with other expectant parents who are going through a similar journey. Group activities, discussions, and sharing experiences create a supportive environment where individuals can build friendships, seek advice, and share concerns.
Immunizations: Certain vaccinations are recommended during pregnancy to protect both the mother and the baby from certain diseases. Common immunizations include the flu vaccine and the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine. These vaccinations help provide immunity and reduce the risk of complications.
Monitoring Foetal Development: Aster Nurture has a full-time doctor who is specialized in foetal medicine. Your baby’s growth and development are regularly monitored. This is typically done through ultrasound scans, which help assess foetal size, position, and overall well-being. Foetal movements, heart rate, and other vital signs are also tracked to ensure proper development and detect any potential concerns.
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What is prenatal care for pregnant women?
A physical examination, weight checks, and supplying a urine sample are typically included in prenatal visits to a healthcare professional. Health care professionals may also do imaging tests including ultrasounds and blood tests depending on the stage of the pregnancy.
What makes it prenatal?
Prenatal is a colloquial term that implies "before birth; during or relating to pregnancy. The word has probably been used in conjunction with words like care, healthcare, or vitamins. These phrases refer to a group of crucial actions that each pregnant woman should take to protect both her own and her unborn child's health