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b_250_250_16777215_00_images_stories_gynecology_preg-v.jpgToday, good prenatal care can significantly improve the quality of the pregnancy and the outcome for the infant and mother.
Ideally, prenatal care should start before you get pregnant. If you're planning a pregnancy you can assist to a control in Arcadia Clinic for a complete checkup. One of our gynecologists can do routine testing to make sure you're in good health and that you don't have any illnesses or other conditions that could affect your pregnancy. If you've been experiencing any unusual symptoms, this is a good time to report them.

If you're already being treated for a chronic condition, such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension (high blood pressure), a heart problem, allergies, lupus (an inflammatory disorder that can affect several body systems), depression, or some other condition, you should talk to your doctor about how it could affect your pregnancy. In some cases, you may need to change or eliminate medications — especially during the first trimester (12 weeks) — to reduce risk to the fetus. Or, you may need to be even more vigilant about managing your condition.

For example, women with diabetes must be especially careful about keeping their blood glucose levels under control, both before they begin trying to conceive and during their pregnancy. Abnormal levels increase the risk of birth defects and other complications.
This is also a good time to talk with doctor about other habits that can pose a risk to your baby, such as drinking alcohol or smoking. Ask about starting a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid, calcium, and iron.

It's especially important for women who are planning to become pregnant to take vitamins with folic acid beforehand, because neural tube defects (problems with the normal development of the spine and nervous system) happen in the first 28 days of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows she's pregnant.

If you have or your partner has a family history of a significant genetic disorder and you suspect either of you may be a carrier, then genetic testing may be advisable. Talk this over with your health care provider, who can refer you to a genetic counselor if necessary.
If you find out that you're pregnant before you do any of this, don't worry. It's not too late to get the care that will help to ensure your health and that of your baby.

Good prenatal care includes:

•    Good nutrition and health habits before and during pregnancy
•    Frequent prenatal examinations
•    Routine ultrasounds to detect problems with the baby
•    Routine screening for:
•    Blood pressure problems
•    Blood type problems (Rh and ABO)
•    Diabetes
•    Genetic disorders, if a family history or the age of the mother presents a high risk
•    Rubella immunity
•    Sexually transmitted diseases
•    Urine protein analysis

 

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