Pregnancy is like beginning of new things: hope, wonder, a dream of possibilities. Pregnancy is a blessing when a mother gives birth to a new life. Hence, a lot of care is required for the best start. All pregnancies are precious and we take extra efforts to make it more special.
Antenatal care or 'pregnancy care' is the healthcare and support you have while you’re pregnant. Also known as maternity or prenatal care, it is recommended that you visit us for access to this care as soon as you are pregnant. This is the only way to make sure that both you and your baby stay healthy since the very beginning and ensure a safe pregnancy. Regular prenatal visits can help your doctor monitor your pregnancy and identify any problems or complications before they become serious.
During these visits the doctor will:
Antenatal care ideally starts at least three months before you begin trying to conceive. Some healthy habits to follow during this period include:
Antenatal appointments or 'pregnancy appointments are spaced out through your pregnancy. Once you become pregnant, you’ll need to schedule regular healthcare appointments throughout each stage of your pregnancy.
A schedule of visits may involve seeing your doctor:
The first antenatal appointment is known as the ‘booking appointment’. This usually happens between 8 and 12 weeks of your pregnancy.
I recommend that you have your first appointment between 5 – 10 weeks of pregnancy. Assessment about pregnancy will be made. You will be advised ultrasonography to ensure safe conception. You will be advised investigations to screen for chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome; as well as for your health assessment. I shall prescribe medicines for your pregnancy. Thereafter I shall be examining you every 4 weekly till 7th month of pregnancy, and more frequently thereafter.It is advised that you bring the papers of your previous pregnancy or surgery, if any, for most appropriate management.
This period is easier for the patient than the first trimester. I shall be monitoring your weight gain, changes in your body due to the pregnancy and your baby’s development. Pregnancy related diseases are manifested in this period, hence this phase is of vital importance. I shall be prescribing medicines to fulfil your nutritional requirements. You will have to undergo anomaly screening sonography to ensure safety of your baby’s growth.
Now you are a few months away from holding and caressing your little one. This is the most crucial period wherein I shall be examining you every fortnight. All your queries about labor and delivery shall be answered. I shall discuss with you about modes of delivery, painless labor, caesarean section and preparation for childbirth.
It’s important to stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy and during the postpartum period Dr Shweta Mishra offers child birth assistance services, where she recommends her patients to strictly follow the diet, exercise and take regular supplements as advised. During pregnancy, the mothers should not miss on their Folic acids. Mothers are also helped to take care of their physical activities like sitting and bending. Make sure that you exercise, have healthy eating habits, take adequate rest and follow your doctor's advice.
Get in touch with Dr. Shweta Mishra at her Crossings Republik, Ghaziabad (Crossings Republik Clinic Location & Direction) clinic for pregnancy care in Ghaziabad, or either at Amrapali Icon Leisure Valley, Greater Noida West (Noida Extension Clinic Location & Direction) clinic for pregnancy care in Noida Extension. Also, you could make a wellness appointment at any clinic location convenient to you.
Disclaimer: The content on this website is only intended for educational purposes and to create knowledge amongst masses about women's health and obstetrics & gynaecology. Hence, no information issued on this website shall be treated as an alternative to consultation from a certified obstetrician & gynaecologist. The results can vary from women to women depending on their specific health conditions.