When you are pregnant, it is imperative for you to have regular health check ups with a doctor or visit a diagnostic center. These check-ups are called antenatal care or antenatal visits, antenatal meaning before birth.
Here are some benefits of scheduling regular health check ups during pregnancy:
1. Identifying health risks for you and your baby: Undergoing regular health check-ups is an important part of staying healthy and making sure your baby is healthy. Regular health checks during your pregnancy can help in identifying and reducing risks to either you or your baby.
2. Clear your doubts: Regular visits also give you a chance to ask any questions and to talk about any issues that you are unsure about. Lingering issues such as aches and pains, the birthing process, feeding your baby or any other concerns can be alleviated by talking to your care provider. Before each visit, it is a good idea to think about the questions that keep troubling you and ask them upfront without any hesitation.
3. Understand what’s happening to your body: For most of your visits to a care provider, they will have your blood pressure checked. The doctor will feel your abdomen to see how much your baby has grown and listen to your baby’s heartbeat. On some occasions you may be weighed, have blood taken for tests and may have your urine checked. Such regular health check ups are a great way to learn about how your baby is growing and what is happening to your body.
4. Medical opinion on activity & exercise: Many women like to enroll for Yoga, Pilates or gym sessions to keep themselves flexible and fit during pregnancy. Some women and their partners may choose to attend antenatal classes to learn more about pregnancy and birth, and about parenting a new baby. It is always wise to take a doctor’s opinion on what forms of exercise or activity might be suitable for your stage of pregnancy.
Do reach out to your Obstetrician / Gynecologist or primary care service provider and schedule for regular health check ups during pregnancy.