Once you are pregnant you must take care of yourself. Both you and your baby must be both healthy and you must get regular prenatal care. Prenatal care is when you have to get yourself tested like screening or diagnostic tests that will help identify health-related problems that could affect pregnant women or their unborn baby. Prenatal tests are important because they can determine important things like the mothers’ health which can affect the baby. All this could be done at the pregnancy resource center. These tests are good to find out her blood type or whether she has gestational diabetes anemia or other health-related conditions, the mother’s immunity to some diseases, whether she has had some sexually transmitted disease or cervical cancer.
Prenatal tests can be done for the baby also. like treatable health problems that can affect the baby including the size, sex, age, etc. help determine genetic problems, you must ask your health provider which tests you would have to take.
According to your health provider, she will tell you what tests should be done, ask her what tests that really need to be done, what the side effects or not will be. Discuss the risks and benefits and what the results will tell you or not.
You can ask the following questions from the pregnancy resource center!
- What can you learn from the test results?
- How accurate the test will be?
- What does it measure?
- What do you hope to learn from the test results?
- When the results would be out etc?
- Whether the procedure will be painful or harmful to the baby?
- If results will indicate a problem if so what needs to be done?
- What will happen if you don’t have the test?
- What will the test cost?
- How should you prepare for the test?
If you are a normal healthy person and there are no risks or complications indicated then your health officer will want to see you every 4 weeks, every 2 weeks, and then once a week until delivery.
All through your pregnancy, the health worker will check your health, weight, blood pressure at the same time checking the growth and development of the baby.
Healthy eating habits are essential during this period!
Healthy eating is very important now for two. Have nutritious foods that will contribute to your baby’s growth and development. A well-balanced diet should be taken which should include dietary guidelines including
- lean meats
- whole grain bread
- low-fat dairy products
By eating a healthy and well-balanced diet you are more likely to get the nutrients you need. Calcium, iron, and folic acid these will be needed more now that you are pregnant. Prenatal vitamins will be prescribed to you to ensure that both you and the baby get the appropriate vitamins needed for a healthy growth process of the baby, at the same time please remember that taking only vitamin supplements is not enough, you have to eat properly as well. Increasing your calcium level is also very important during this time. So see that you take enough calcium to prevent a loss of calcium from your own bones. Your doctor at the pregnancy resource center will prescribe these during your pregnancy.