Antenatal care is the care we will provide you throughout your pregnancy. It includes routine check-ups, timely tests and anticipatory guidance to both you and your family. Antenatal care is the most important service for you for the duration of your pregnancy as we provide comprehensive education regarding safe and healthy pregnancy behaviours. Monitoring maternal and fetal well being and early detection of complication, if any ensure maximum chances of a successful outcome for you and your family. We will help you understand that you are the most important person for the duration of your pregnancy and you deserve the best. We will provide you full medical information regarding the physiological changes to anticipate during your pregnancy. Advice regarding prenatal nutrition including vitamins, calcium supplements, and iron and folic acid supplements will be given to you through the entire course of your pregnancy. The role of exercise and rest during pregnancy will be emphasised on.
Antenatal care models with a minimum of eight contacts are recommended to reduce perinatal mortality and improve women’s experience of care. The first ANC visit occurs before 12 weeks of pregnancy.
At booking, you will be given:
- Information about the development of the baby during pregnancy.
- The choice of attending antenatal classes.
- Advice about exercise.
- Information and choice regarding the place of birth.
- Information regarding nutrition and diet.
- Information regarding folic acid and iron supplements.
- Information to manage pregnancy related problems like vomiting and gastritis.
- Further explanation of antenatal screening.
- The opportunity to discuss any queries you may have regarding the baby.
Before or at 36 weeks, you will be given:
- Information about breast-feeding.
- Information to prepare you for labour and birth (birth plan, pain relief options, how to recognise the onset of active labour).
- Information about care of the new baby and preparations needed.
- Information about routine procedures such as new born screening and vitamin K prophylaxis.
- Advice about postnatal self-care, along with information about postnatal depression and “baby blues”.