Are Prenatal Checkups Important?

Pregnant Woman

Prenatal care is proactive and preventative care. It is vital to a healthy pregnancy. Visits are scheduled at intervals throughout the months of pregnancy to support the health of both the baby and the mother. The ideal time to begin prenatal care is just before or immediately upon discovering a pregnancy.

Numerous studies detail the successful outcomes of women who regularly seek and receive care during pregnancy. Women who have regular prenatal check-ups are far less likely to have babies with low birth weight and/or pregnancy, labor and delivery complications. There are several key areas that Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. will focus on at each prenatal visit. They include:

Overall Health of the Mother
We constantly monitor your blood pressure, temperature, and pulse. We’ll monitor your weight and size and track the growth of your baby in proportion to your growth.
Nutritional Advice
We’ve all heard the saying, “Eating for two.” It’s not a myth. Pregnant mothers are eating to build a healthy baby; though only 300-500 additional calories are needed. Making good food choices is one of the best things a mother-to-be can do for herself and her growing baby. An adequate diet is full of fruits and vegetables and includes ample water. Proper food choices also help expectant moms avoid high blood sugar and high blood pressure. Folic acid makes the extra blood your body needs during pregnancy. The majority of neural tube defects can be eliminated with suitable intake of folic acid.
Screenings and Testing
In addition to ultrasounds and listening to the baby’s heartbeat, prenatal exams provide the time and place to do some screenings and tests that are based on family medical history and a person’s specific risks. Our team of specialists at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates will discuss your options and preferences with you and customize your testing and screening to your specific needs.
Education about Labor and Delivery
At every visit, we will discuss your birth plan and wishes and talk about what you should expect during labor and delivery.

Regular prenatal care is extremely important. If you are looking for a provider to care for you during your pregnancy and childbirth, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. is passionate about making your entire prenatal and childbirth experience a positive one. Call us today to schedule your prenatal care.