Pregnancy is an special and unique time in a woman’s life but it does involve certain risks. Through antenatal and postnatal care, a pregnant woman can ensure her own and baby’s health. Information about antenatal and postnatal care will be discussed here. Please continue reading to learn more about them.
Pregnancy and After
Pregnancy is quite different from the usual life of a woman. As much as possible, women should be in a good health before getting pregnant. After becoming pregnant, remaining in optimum health is necessary to ensure the mother and baby are as healthy as possible. While pregnant, there are different routine matters that can affect the baby’s health. Even after delivering the baby, the mother needs to be careful. In fact, we can divide pregnancy-related care into two stages: antenatal care and postnatal care. If the mother takes necessary steps during antenatal and postnatal periods, the baby gets a healthy start of life.
What should be done during the antenatal or prenatal period? What should not be done during the postnatal period? Let’s discuss antenatal and postnatal care in detail.
Antenatal care is also known as prenatal care or care before the baby is born. Once pregnancy is confirmed, the pregnant woman should start taking care to avoid pregnancy complications. The woman should start visiting a gynecologist regularly to check the progress of the baby.
The pregnant woman should avoid certain food and beverages items to be on safe side. The following information about prenatal care is also helpful for pregnant women:
- Seeing a Gynecologist: Though one should visit a midwife, it is better to see a gynecologist to be on the safe side.
- Check-Up Method: The gynecologist will check the health of the mother and baby. The doctor will make sure both are safe and free of risks and complications.
- Visit Once a Month: In normal circumstances, pregnant women should visit the gynecologist once a month.
- Husband Can Go Along Wife: The husband can accompany wife during the routine check-up.
By postnatal care, we mean the care taken after the baby has been born. After giving birth to the baby, the mother still needs to take care of herself and the baby. This is a crucial time babies are most vulnerable during the initial few days post-birth. Actually, this is the time when the baby is weak and needs utmost care.
The mother should start breastfeeding to support and promote good health. The baby should be kept at a safe and warm place where nothing can affect the baby. The mother should visit a child specialist if the baby is facing a problem. The health of the mother is also important to keep the baby healthy.
If the mother is breastfeeding, she should be careful while making eating choices. Some extra care might be required if the baby is weak or the mother has got some infection or contagious disease. The mother should stay away from rays and lasers before and after the childbirth. It is necessary for all to wash hands and face before touching and kissing the baby.
Antenatal and Postnatal Care in Dubai
The experts at Euromed Clinic Center Dubai can help make your pregnancy easy and safe. Once you have delivered the baby, we can guide you on how to stay safe and keep the baby safe. You may have questions on this topic; we are always available for consultation.
For more information about prenatal and postnatal care, book an appointment and speak to our obstetrician/gynecologist.
Antenatal – Postnatal FAQ’s
How long after birth are you considered postpartum?
Generally, the first 6 weeks after childbirth are considered as the postpartum period. During this time, the mother and baby need proper care to settle into their new life easily. Moreover, antenatal – postnatal follow-up sessions are also required during this time.
What does antenatal and postnatal mean?
Mothers go through phases of depression in pregnancy. The period of depression during pregnancy is called antenatal depression while postnatal depression happens after childbirth. In antenatal – postnatal follow-up sessions, the doctor provides counseling to mothers that can help them overcome depression.
What is a postnatal check-up?
In an antenatal – postnatal follow-up the baby's Apgar score is checked at one minute and then five minutes after birth. The postpartum check-up is related to the mother where she is examined to monitor her recovery from labor and birth.
How long does it take for hormones to balance after having a baby?
Normally, it takes 3 months after childbirth before the mother's hormones start returning to their normal state. In an antenatal – postnatal follow-up session, the doctor gives suggestions to the mother for getting their hormonal levels back to normal.
Why do you have to wait 40 days after giving birth?
The postpartum confinement period of 40 days has more cultural connotations than medical ones. Medically, the mother is fit to go on about her normal life in 6 weeks after childbirth. However, in some cultures, the 40 days of postpartum confinement are strictly observed.
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