Prenatal service is that extra care given to you for a healthy and safe pregnancy. Prenatal services include patient education, regular visits, planned nutrition & diet instruction. It also includes certain measures you need to practice to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy. Listed below are some of the common measures:
- Maintain a healthy balanced diet with nutrition rich whole foods that help your baby’s development. Your doctor may suggest nutritional supplements you need to take during pregnancy such as preparations containing calcium, iron, and folic acid.
- If you are taking medications, including over the counter medicines, for any disorders make sure to discuss them with your obstetrician because certain types of medications may cause birth defects.
- Regular exercises are beneficial during pregnancy, however overdoing it may pose certain complications. Walking and swimming are preferred physical activities. Talk to your obstetrician about your current exercise program to see what is right for you.
- During pregnancy you should avoid smoking, taking habit-forming drugs such as heroin, cocaine, caffeine containing preparations and alcohol as there is an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, or delivering a low birth weight infant.
- Avoid sitting in a sauna bath or hot tub as heat increases the risk of miscarriages and birth defects.
- Sleep on your left side to prevent pressure on the large blood vessels from the weight of the baby.
Wear comfortable clothes and avoid tight clothing to prevent varicose veins, haemorrhoids, and swelling in your legs.