Why Pregnancy care is important for mother and baby both?
Pregnancy care: Pregnancy care is very important for mother and baby both health. Prenatal care helps decrease risks during pregnancy and increases the chance of a safe and healthy delivery. Pregnancy care consists of prenatal (before birth) and postpartum (after birth) healthcare for expectant mothers. Regular prenatal visits can help your doctor monitor your pregnancy and identify any problems or complications before they become serious.
Prenatal care ideally starts at least three months before you begin trying to conceive. Some healthy habits to follow during this period include:
- Taking routine tests and screenings, like as a blood test to check for anemia, HIV,
- Routine Monitoring your BP
- Measuring your weight gain
- Monitoring the baby’s growth and heart rate
Later visits may also include checking the baby’s position and noting changes in your body as you prepare for birth. If your pregnancy is considered high risk because of your age or health conditions, you may require more frequent visits and special care. You may also need to see a doctor who works with high-risk pregnancies.
Postpartum Care: While most attention to pregnancy care focuses on the nine months of pregnancy, postpartum care is important, too. The postpartum period lasts six to eight weeks, beginning right after the baby is born. During this period, the mother goes through many physical and emotional changes while learning to care for her baby. Proper rest is very important for mother to avoid getting too tired as a new mother, you may need to:
- Sleep when your baby sleeps
- Keep your bed near your baby’s crib to make night feedings easier
- Allow someone else to feed the baby with a bottle while you sleep
Getting proper nutrition in the postpartum period is crucial because of the changes your body goes through during pregnancy and labor. The weight that you gained during pregnancy helps make sure you have enough nutrition for breast-feeding. However, you need to continue to eat a healthy diet after delivery. Experts recommend that breast-feeding mothers eat when they feel hungry.
- Make a special effort to focus on eating when you are actually hungry.
- Avoid high-fat snacks
- Focus on eating low-fat foods that balance protein, carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables
- Drink plenty of fluids
Mothers should make vaginal care an essential part of their postpartum care. You may experience:
- Vaginal soreness if you had a tear during delivery
- Discharge, including small blood clots
- Contractions during the first few days after delivery
- Urination problems like pain or a frequent urge to urinate
At Triveni Hospital Gurugram, Dr. Geeta Rustagi is a qualified medical practitioner (MBBS). She is experience in cases related to painless deliveries; Female hormonal issues such as PCOD or Menstrual complications, Infertility work up along with IUI, Gyne Laparoscopic procedures, and also Hysteroscopy. You may visit and consult with her about your Pregnancy care.