Seeking medical care for your pregnancy can be challenging, but very important for your health and the health of your baby. Oftentimes, getting to a medical provider can be challenging due to various factors such as transportation, insurance or Medicaid coverage and childcare. These issues can sometimes cause prenatal care to become a low priority. So why is prenatal care so important?
Pursing prenatal care for you and your baby is one of the very best ways to ensure a healthy you and a healthy baby! Beginning prenatal care early in your pregnancy will allow the medical provider an opportunity to help ensure a healthy pregnancy, as well as to intercede with a health plan to aid in a prevention plan to avoid you from experiencing any difficulties with your pregnancy. Further, it will also allow you to start prenatal vitamins; schedule ultrasounds and blood work, as well as, discuss a healthy eating and exercise program.
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Making Prenatal Care a Priority
Women who think they may be pregnant need to make it a priority to schedule a visit as soon as possible with a medical provider to begin routine prenatal care. Your prenatal visits will likely include a physical exam, weight and blood pressure check and urine samples. As your pregnancy progresses, your doctor will also schedule ultrasounds, blood work and glucose testing. Following through with your doctor’s advice will help you and the baby to remain as healthy as possible. Later in your pregnancy, your doctor will help you to put together a labor and delivery plan that will meet your needs. If you choose adoption for an unexpected pregnancy, adoption agencies and professionals will make it a priority to help you have access to medical care. Pregnancy Resource Centers in your area can assist you with medical care for parenting plans.
How Can Prenatal Care Help Me?
Medical professionals encourage regular prenatal care to help prevent you from having complications that may arise during both the pregnancy and delivery. Prenatal care can:
- Help monitor any vitamins and medication prescriptions that you may be taking. At your doctor’s visit, your doctor will prescribe prenatal vitamins to help provide your body with vitamins and minerals necessary to provide nutrients to your growing baby. If you need other medications, your doctor will discuss the safety and use of these medications. You may be taking other medications to help you with asthma and allergies, pain, or anxiety and depression. It is best to allow the medical professional to inform you of any risks these medications may pose to the health of your baby.
- By scheduling routine prenatal check-ups, you can reduce the risk of complications related to your pregnancy. These appointments allow a doctor to monitor any issues that may arise, such as high blood pressure, low weight gain, or pain caused by the pregnancy. Your doctor will also discuss the importance of proper nutrition and exercise during pregnancy.
- Reduce the risk of complications to your baby. Your doctor will also discuss with you the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs during your pregnancy, and the affect they can have on your baby, during development and after birth. Studies have shown that alcohol and tobacco use may increase the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Alcohol consumption can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can cause physical abnormalities, learning and memory issues, poor coordination or problems with the heart and/or kidneys. Smoking cigarettes directly links to low birth weight in babies.
- Listening to the doctor’s advice can help to lower the risk of complications to the health of your baby. The doctor can help you learn about the development of your baby and the risks due to poor nutrition, the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs during your pregnancy. Ultrasounds can help provide you with information about your baby’s health and development.
- Regular prenatal care is best for you and your baby, but if you have not had early or regular prenatal care it is never too late to start getting care. Getting the care will give you a peace of mind that your baby is healthy and growing properly. It will also help to ensure the best chance of a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Who Can Help Me With Prenatal Care?
If you choose adoption, an adoption agency or professional can help you find a medical provider to assist you with receiving the care you and your baby need. Generally, adoption agencies work with medical providers and doctors that are comfortable and familiar with adoption. Their staff is adoption friendly and willing to help ensure that you are comfortable and your experience positive.
If you are choosing to parent your child, the local Pregnancy Resource Center or free medical clinics in your area can assist you in finding the proper care.
Who Will Cover My Medical Expenses?
If you have private insurance or Medicaid, it should help to cover your expenses of the pregnancy and birth related expenses. You can find assistance and resources through applying and being accepted for Medicaid.
If you do not qualify for medical coverage or have been denied for insurance and want to choose an adoption plan, talk to the adoption professional you are working with about the adoption process covering necessary pregnancy and birth related medical expenses. Adoption professionals and adopting families understand that prenatal care is important for you and your baby. It will give you and the adoptive family the assurance that your baby is growing healthy and strong.
Why Is Proper Nutrition So Important?
Proper nutrition is a vital part of keeping you and your baby healthy. Eating a balanced, healthy, “clean” diet gives you and your baby the best possibility for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. A “clean” diet means eating foods that do not contain preservatives or that are heavily processed. “Clean” foods are fresh foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, lean meats, chicken and fish. Sometimes these are referred to as foods that do not have a long shelf life, because there is nothing artificial in them to preserve them for an extended period of time.
Because the baby will take the nutrition first; your body will only get what is left over. If your nutrition is not sufficient for both of you, your body can suffer. Some of the side-effects you may experience are being tired with no energy, brittle nails and hair, dull skin tone and a host of other effects. Even with good nutrition, a pregnant woman may still experience some of these issues, but a big portion is due to nutrition. You should make every effort to ensure your diet includes a healthy balance of proteins, grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating three nutritious meals with a smaller healthy snack in the morning and afternoon is recommended to keep your body fit. Paying attention to what you are eating will give your baby the very best possible nutrition and maintain your body at a healthy weight. If you need help with purchasing food during your pregnancy and are pursuing an adoption plan, consult with an adoption agency or professional to see if you are able to receive assistance. Pregnancy Resource Centers, YWCA and some country programs can assist you when choosing a parenting plan.
If you become ill during the pregnancy and are unable to keep your food down, you should consult with a medical professional immediately. Your doctor will be able to help put a plan together to ensure that you and the baby are receiving the needed nutrition. If you are required to be on bed rest, and choosing adoption for your unplanned pregnancy, an adoption agency or professional can likely help you with support and living expenses depending on your state laws.
Should I Be Concerned About My Water Intake?
Equally important to your healthy diet is your water consumption. Drinking many glasses of water daily is very beneficial to both the mother and her growing baby. It is common for women to experience dehydration during pregnancy. Dehydration can be caused from insufficient amounts of water and/or drinking other beverages high in sodium, such as soda. Beverages high in sodium content do not help to hydrate the body. Some women will have signs of labor as they get closer to their due dates which can be brought on by dehydration. Drinking water throughout the day can help keep the body healthy and hydrated.
What Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?
Medical professionals will recommend that you avoid alcohol and illegal drugs during pregnancy along with tobacco. If you need help with these substances, it is best to consult with a doctor to see how they can help you and your baby to be healthy. These substances can be very dangerous to the health of the baby and you as well.
As with anything, moderation is always a good rule to follow. Consuming too many sweets, sugary drinks and desserts or junk food in general will not keep your body fit and healthy. As you eat healthy and get some moderate exercise, such as walking or light exercise, you will hopefully feel and look good.
Who Can Help Me With Pregnancy Care?
If you are planning to place your baby for adoption, contact an adoption agency or professional to find out what assistance is available to you during and after the pregnancy. Many states allow for a woman to receive pregnancy related assistance with her food, rent, utilities, clothing, transportation, legal concerns and medical costs during her pregnancy and confinement period. The adoption agency or professional should be able to answer your questions and help you to feel comfortable with an adoption plan. Make sure to find the adoption agency or professional that is right for you, makes you feel comfortable and meets your needs.
Local Pregnancy Resource Centers and centers for women and children in your area can assist you with pregnancy care and plans for parenting your child.
Take the time to look at all of your options and make the plan that is best for you and your baby.
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