When pregnant, women should always schedule a visit to their health care providers to start prenatal care. Some of the services offered during a prenatal care include physical examinations as well as weight checks. Ensuring a healthy pregnancy is among the best ways of promoting a healthy birth. Having access to early as well as regular prenatal care highly increases the chances of a healthy pregnancy (Ganchimeg et al 77). One of the major benefits of prenatal care is getting accurate nutritional information. This is so because the diet of a pregnant woman needs to be changed to meet the nutritional needs of the baby. During the prenatal care visit, the doctor gives specific information concerning the recommended dietary intake for the nine month period. This includes what to eat as well as what to avoid.
The second benefit of prenatal care is keeping track of the baby’s development. The baby’s growth is the main indicator of how well the baby is doing in there. Additionally, prenatal care provides information concerning labor and delivery. It is up to both partners to develop a labor and delivery plan but how the plan is laid depends on the information provided by the doctor concerning labor and delivery procedures. During a prenatal visit, the mother can discuss the potential scenarios, procedures, questions as well as concerns with the doctor.
Moreover prenatal care assists in preventing any complications and educates women on the important steps to take to protect their infants while ensuring a healthy pregnancy. Through a regular prenatal care, women can minimize the infant risk for complications (Gustavson, et al 34). This is mainly because the doctors inform them about the substances to avoid like alcohol and tobacco smoke. Lastly, prenatal care is important for both the woman and the infant’s health depends on it (Ganchimeg et al 77). For instance information have proved that babies of mothers who fails to attend prenatal care are five times more likely to die and three times likely to have a low birth weight than those of mothers attending prenatal care.
During the pregnancy period, it is normal for women to gain weight as the baby grows. However, gaining too much weight increases the risks for birth complications like premature delivery as well as C-section delivery. Research has indicated that for most women gaining weight during pregnancy is linked to the pre-pregnancy body mass index commonly referred to the BMI (Gabbe et al 55).On the one hand, when the BMI is less than 18.5 the weight gain range between 28-40 pounds. On the other hand, When the BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 which is considered to be normal the weight gain is between 25 and 35 pounds. When the BMI is between 25 and 29.9 the condition is taken to be an overweight and the weight gain range between 15 and 25 pounds. Lastly, when the BMI is above 30, the condition is taken to be obese, and the weight gain is between 11 and 20 pounds.
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