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Antenatal Care Ensures Optimal
Obstetric Outcome

There is much joy and satisfaction in going through pregnancy. You will encounter changes to your body in every stage of the pregnancy. Some changes may become challenges as you cope with your other commitments. Understanding the pregnancy journey helps you to be in control and able to enjoy the baby as it develops.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

The first trimester of pregnancy is peppered with nervousness and discomfort. As most women plan to have less than three children, their expectations are understandably high when they become pregnant. Pregnancy and its inherent fluxes of pregnancy-related hormones in the woman, causes many early symptoms, such as tiredness, morning sickness, listlessness, poor digestion, urinary frequency and changes in mood. The nausea, retching and sickness can be extremely distressing in a small group of pregnant women.

Early Dating Ultrasound Scan

Early urine testing may return ambiguous result, and the woman becomes exasperated when the faint second line disappears on repeat urine test. It may have been a biochemical pregnancy. The coincidence with mild pelvic cramp and vaginal bleeding/staining will drive up the fretfulness even more, as the doctor needs to exclude an ectopic pregnancy. This entails close clinical watch, careful ultrasound scan and assessment of beta HCG levels. The advancement in ultrasound technology has significantly improved the care in early pregnancy, giving us the tool to estimate the gestation of the pregnancy more accurately. The visual assurance of a normally developing fetus elicits instant emotional bonding. The early detection of twin pregnancy certainly helps in managing this high risk condition.

Nutrition & Supplements In Early Pregnancy

Some pregnant women are pre-occupied with nutrition matters and vitamin supplements. There is definitely a role to increase the intake of folic acid (folate), iron and calcium during pregnancy. There are also evidence-based food precautions and lifestyle changes to ensure adequate fetal growth. Many pregnant women subscribe to a host of food advice given by well-meaning friends and relations, including types of food to avoid, and not surprisingly, this public domain information has no scientific basis.

Antenatal Pregnancy Care Important In Managing Pregnancy-Related Medical Conditions

Pregnancies usually progress uneventfully. However, there will be few who are afflicted by low blood count, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, migraine, thyroid gland disorders and fibroids. These medical and surgical ailments arise, or are made worse during the pregnancy and their management is complicated by the fetus on board. Good antenatal care includes individualizing it to the woman, and contextualizing it to her home and work environment, and anticipating possible pregnancy related issue that may derail the course.

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