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Pregnancy & Health Care

Posted by: | on December 28, 2013

Pregnancy & Health

Pregnancy & Health Care

Health is essential for normal life & all the persons especially the mother needs  more, continuous care & protection during pregnancy. Let’s starts the steps concerned with the maternal & obstetric health.

1. Doctor and Midwife Visits

a) To Have a Healthy Pregnancy

The Basic Requirements

It is necessary to take care of yourself and your baby during pregnancy.

To keep you and your baby healthy:

  1. Regularly visit your doctor or midwife.
  2. Get necessary prenatal tests.
  3. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke.
  4. Eat nutritious foods and have an active lifestyle.
  5. Prevent from infections.
  6. To have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, there are many things you can do today.
  7. Get prenatal preventions and care.
  8. If you know you are pregnant or think you might be, call your doctor or midwife to schedule a visit.

Actions To Be Taken

b) Screening for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that some women may develop during pregnancy. When you have diabetes, there is too much elevated blood glucose level.

If you develop gestational diabetes, it can lead to health hazards for you and your newborn baby after the pregnancy and after during the pregnancy.

If you have gestational diabetes, you and your doctor can work together to protect your and your newborn’s health.
Being tested for gestational diabetes is part and parcel of regular care during pregnancy and usually happens between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy.

What should be asked from doctor?

c) Newborn Screening Tests

Basic Requirements

Newborn screening tests are the tests that diagnose diseases or disorders in newborn infants. All the tests are done before your baby leaves the hospital.
Newborn screenings can help you make sure your baby grows up healthy by catching conditions early, when they may be easier to treat. With a simple blood test, doctors can tell whether or not your baby has certain diseases or disorder.

Actions to be taken

2. Proper Nutrition and Physical Activity

a) Get enough necessary Vitamins supplementations

Basic Requirements

Women of childbearing age (ages 11 to 49) need an extra quantity of 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. Folic acid is found in foods like breakfast cereals that have 100% DV (Daily Value) of folic acid.

Why Is Folic Acid Important?

Folic acid is helpful in preventing some birth defects e.g., neural tube defects.

Necessary Steps To Be Taken

b) Eat Healthy Nutrition during Pregnancy

Iron keeps your blood healthy. Making some nutritious food choices can be helpful for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Drink water or seltzer instead of soda.

c) Active lifestyle during Pregnancy

Physical activity is necessary for everyone, including pregnant women. Regular physical activity during pregnancy can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy. It may also reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy.
If you weren’t active before your pregnancy, it is never too late to start.

But before you begin…

Avoid activities that increase your risk of falling, like downhill skiing or horse riding.

3. Getting Ready for Your Baby

A) Breastfeed Your Baby

Basics Requirements

Necessary Steps

Some necessary steps for breastfeeding are following.

After you begin breastfeeding, you may still have some questions in your mind. Talk to your doctor, nurse, or lactation counselor as often as you require doing so.

b) Consult Your Doctor about Newborn Screening

Basics Requirements

Necessary Steps To Be Taken

c) Learn about The First Aid

Basic Requirements

Do you know what to do in an emergency condition?
What if someone has a heart attack or gets stung by a bee?
An accident or emergency can happen at any time. Giving first aid is what you can do to help someone before medical help arrives. Taking action right away can help save a life.

d) Protection of Your Family from Lead Poisoning

Basic Requirements

Take necessary steps to protect your family from lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in lead. Most lead poisoning is caused by paints.

Who is at an increased risk for lead poisoning?

There are no distinctive signs or symptoms of lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can lead to learning and behavior problems and may lead to cognitive impairment.
How do Childs have a risk of Lead poisoning?
Paint in homes built before 1978 often may have lead in it. When old paint cracks, it creates particles of lead dust. Children can get lead poisoning from breathing or swallowing dust particles on their hands and toys.
Lead can also be found in the soil around your home, drinking water, and products with old paint, like toys, utensils, furniture, and jewelry etc.

Necessary Steps to be taken

Follow these necessary steps to keep kids from breathing in or swallowing lead.

e) Test Your Home for Radioactivity

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