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Prenatal Care (Definition)

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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What kinds of tests are involved with prenatal care? I'm just starting prenatal care and am wondering what kinds of tests i will have to do? .

What kinds of tests are involved with prenatal care? I'm just starting prenatal care and am wondering what kinds of tests i will have to do?

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Many: Every pregnant woman will be screened for blood type/screen, anemia, kidney function, diabetes, gbs, rubella, and stds (gonorrhea, chlamydia, hiv, hep b, syphilis). You will also undergo screening for fetal ntds and chromosomal abnormalities. Your urine will be checked for infection and an ultrasound will be performed to evaluate your baby. These are the main "tests" that you will undergo. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests are involved with prenatal care? I'm just starting prenatal care and am wondering what kinds of tests i will have to do? .

What kinds of tests are involved with prenatal care? I'm just starting prenatal care and am wondering what kinds of tests i will have to do?

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See your doctor: Prenatal care involves multiple tests to assure a healthy pregnancy. You will need blood tests for anemia, tests for sexually transmitted diseases, blood typing, rubella immunity as well as ultrasounds, and additional screening for genetic conditions and diabetes. These tests are done at different times in your pregnancy based on how far your pregnancy has progressed. ...Read more

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High risk pregnancy (Tip)

High risk pregnancy

Obtain early prenatal care. Typically, the earlier one is seen by a health care provider the better. ...See more

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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Be present and listen
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Do not overfeed the person
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Do not overmedicate the person
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Have gentle music playing
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What are some of the obstacles to good prenatal care in rural country?

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

Availability: 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. ...Read more

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What is prenatal care like?

What is prenatal care like?

Prenatal care: 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. ...Read more

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Third trimester Pregnancy (Tip)

Third trimester Pregnancy

Get flu shot, eat healthy diet, avoid all strenuous exercise, hydrate, rest, keep up prenatal care. ...See more

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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Make a list of medicines and times to give them
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Keep number for doctors & other caregivers (e.g. Hospice agency) handy
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Do not get overwhelmed with the responsibility
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What are some prenatal care obstacles?

What are some prenatal care obstacles?

Prenatal Care: 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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: routine prenatal care?

What is the definition or description of: routine prenatal care?

Pregnancy care: 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. ...Read more

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