What is prenatal care?

Dr. Gregory Siewny explains prenatal care. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is an encompassing change in a person’s life in that it involves seeing your physicians on a lot of visits, it involves a lot of lab tests, it involves ultrasound which is one of the most fun tests you’ll ever have in your life. There is a lot of patient responsibility. It’s eating correctly It’s not smoking. We used to tell people they could have moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy. That is now absolutely taboo, zero tolerance for alcohol during pregnancy; it causes problems. Nobody can guarantee that your child will be perfect in life so what you do is your best every moment of time every day of your life and then the next day your do your best again which is how I practice medicine. There’s about a 4 million deliveries a year in America right now and one-third of those pregnancies have complications. They may be major, they may be minor but you want to have a doctor at a hospital you trust, that you can bond with and you really feel good about. We have that here in our hospital.

 

Prenatal care is the medical care an expectant mother receives during her pregnancy. Prenatal care should begin early, provided frequently, and carried out according to the physician’s recommendations, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon. Prenatal care is essential to the health of the mother and baby; mothers who do not have prenatal care are three times more likely to have babies with low birth weight and five times more likely to have a stillborn child, according to HHS.

Proper prenatal care can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and illnesses in the infant, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon. Prenatal care includes imaging and blood tests, physical exams and weight monitoring, according to the NIH.

For more information about prenatal care, talk to your doctor.

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