Why is Prenatal Care So Important?

Let’s start simple: Pregnancy is a wonderful, but also life-changing experience for women. Amidst the joy and excitement, however, a certain level of care is needed in order to give both mother and baby the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy birth.

Prenatal visits to a health care provider usually include physical exams, urine and blood tests, and imaging tests. These all help to keep an eye on the physical wellbeing of mum and bub, and help to reduce risk factors that may lead to complications during pregnancy.

Such risk factors may include:

  • Smoking

  • Alcohol

  • Exposure to dangerous substances like lead or radiation

  • Environmental risk factors

  • Diet

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Medications

While some of these risk factors may seem more obvious than others, it is important that expecting mothers maintain regular check-ups in order to keep on top of some of the lesser-known risks that can sometimes come with pregnancy. After all, every mum is different, and certain conditions that are perfectly manageable for some women may present unnecessary risks for others.

Having a personalised care plan for every expecting mum, along with regular prenatal health care appointments, remains the best way to maintain a healthy and happy pregnancy, giving your baby the best chance when the big day arrives.

For more information or to book your next appointment, visit Perth Maternity.

See you soon,

Team PM :)

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