prenatal care

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Prenatal care refers to the recommended medical care to be received while a woman is pregnant, leading up to the birth.

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Dr. Donna Wilkins answered:

What is prenatal care like?

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Prenatal care is seeing a nurse practitioner or physician during a pregnancy monthly until about 36 weeks gestation then weekly if there are no medical issues. Weight gain, BP check, fetal heart rate and any maternal concerns are discussed at each visit. A sonogram may be done to see if the fetus is growing properly. Blood work is usually done the first visit and culture for GBS at 36 weeks.
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What are some prenatal care obstacles?

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Some females may be unaware of the need for prenatal care. Some may live in rural areas and have difficulty accessing care. Some females don't obtain care in a timely manner as they are not aware they are pregnant. Transportation can be an issue. Some areas offer free prenatal services for women who are impoverished.
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Why do I need prenatal care if I want a home birth?

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Prenatal care is important whether you choose to deliver in a hospital or at home. Hypertension and blood sugar issues can be diagnosed with prenatal care and other medical issues that would put youand your baby at high risk to have a home delivery. Even if you are a low risk for problems, issues can surface during labor and the delivery process if you plan a home birth that are not anticipated.
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Is taking folic acid 800 mcg safe for prenatal care?

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It is recommended not to take more than 1 mg daily (1,000 micrograms). This is from all sources. 400-500 mcg daily for women is sufficient.
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What is the definition or description of: Routine Prenatal Care?

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Routine prenatal care is professional medical care provided to a woman throughout a normal pregnancy. It must meet accepted standards and practices as established by appropriate accrediting bodies and implies regular medical visits and complete compliance by the patient.
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Dr. Douglas Lawson answered:

Do you need to give information on dad to hospital with prenatal care?

Depends on state

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Many states now require some paternity information. However, obviously occasionally a woman may have more than one partner, or may not remember who the potential father is. In other cases where abuse or rape were involved the patient may not want to divulge the father's name. The only issue you should be really aware of is that it is difficult to obtain child support if you don't name a father.
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Dr. Miguel A. Cano answered:

What are some of the obstacles to good prenatal care in rural country?

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The biggest obstacle is availability of Board-Certified Physicians. You also need a certified Hospital, obstetrically trained staff, 24/7 anesthesia & surgical services, and neonatal services. Without the above it's difficult to provide quality & safe care & many women have to travel far to reach specialty care. Even in low-risk patients, complications occur unexpectedly & a Doc better be ready.
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Dr. Brian Enggano answered:

Pregnant and question about hiv. Is test required for me to get prenatal care?

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HIV is an infectious disease that is sexually transmitted. Pregnant women with HIV face special challenges that other pregnant women do not face. Special antiretroviral medication is given to minimize risk of vertical transmission to your baby. Since HIV has such major implications for both you and your baby, it is recommended that all pregnant women be screened for HIV.
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I am 32 weeks pregnant and haven't received any prenatal care. Should I be worried?

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Yes. You should be very worried. You should be worried enough that you sign off of the internet and get in to be seen tomorrow. You are risking your life and the life of your baby by these choices.
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Dr. John Hammes answered:

I m 24 years old female.i got my urine test back as positive. what prenatal care follows?

+ for pregnancy?

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- if so, tests for hiv,hepatitis, stds, other conditions which could be passed to baby - don't smoke - take multivitamin with iron - ultrasound to check for malformations/size of fetus etc -avoid certain medicines.
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