Miyerkules, Abril 8, 2009

So you're PREGNANT. Now what ?

The day has come! Wollah!!! You're a month pregnant, and you're kinda jittery because you don't know what to do. The questions. - What am I going to expect? Are there things to avoid? Will my pregnancy go smoothly?

Don't fret. And there obviously is no need to panic. Have you heard of the word prenatal care? Yeah... the word probably don't ring a bell in your ears and it may seemingly be way too foreign for you, but yes there is such thing as that.

Prenatal care is a series of program of care for a pregnant woman before she gives birth to her baby. Most women begin their prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy. Visits to the doctor occur about once a month during the first six months. The frequency of visits increases to every two or three weeks for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Prenatal care consists of much more than just monitoring the mother's diet and weight. Keep in mind that during pregnancy it is not just the health of the pregnant woman that must be watched, but also the health of the unborn baby. Maternal difficulties such as diabetes (which can develop as a result of being pregnant even if diabetes was not present before- "hmmm... i should know these since I'm a nurse. jejeje.."), insufficient weight gain, and high blood pressure, if gone untreated, can be harmful to the fetus. A doctor can also monitor the baby's well being directly by listening to the fetal heartbeat, checking the size and positioning of the uterus and fetus, and testing for various abnormalities. Some conditions, if detected prenatally, can be treated in-utero (that is... before the baby is born). In other instances, early detection can allow the proper medical facilities to be present at the time of birth to allow the baby full access to the help it needs. It is very important to receive proper prenatal care in order to ensure the health of both you and your baby., whew! I'm glad I did well in my maternity nursing subjects!

Now for none medically well versed preggy moms, some stages in
pregnancy may quite appear traumatic for them. Apparently others have hard time adjusting to the various physiological, anatomical and psychological changes occuring while one is pregnant.

All these then makes this site; very useful and beneficial for those first time moms and a..ah.. first time dads as well, for them to be able to understand more the nature of pregnancy and adjusts easily to the changes that they need to go through. So for those who wants to know more about all these. The site is just few clicks away. Check it out.