Getting regular antenatal checkups during pregnancy can make a big difference to the eventual outcome.
Women who regularly see their GP, nurse or midwife during pregnancy are statistically more likely to have healthier babies, are less likely to go into labor prematurely or have any serious pregnancy complications. You can find more information about maternity care and other services related to it by reading online.
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It stands to reason that monitoring a pregnancy helps a mum-to-be stay healthy, less likely to have weight issues (gaining or losing) and will pinpoint any potential issues before they develop into serious problems that could affect the unborn baby or seriously damage the woman's health.
Antenatal checkups also present the ideal opportunity to ask questions and share any concerns the mum-to-be may have along the way.
A midwife, specialist nurse or in some cases, a GP, will be in charge of the week by week pregnancy care, with checkups taking place in the local doctor's surgery or health center. In some cases hospital visits may be necessary for extra tests, or if the GP surgery is a small one, with few facilities for dealing with pregnancies.
If you think or know, you are pregnant this is an ideal schedule:
This should take place soon after your pregnancy is detected and certainly before the tenth week. At this appointment, your pregnancy will be confirmed (if necessary) and the medical practitioner will make notes on your medical history so they are aware early on of any potential problems.
You will be given week by week pregnancy information about nutrition, supplements, tips on keeping healthy and given information about the screenings which will be arranged throughout the pregnancy. It may help to write down any questions you want to ask in advance.