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Prenatal Care (Overview)

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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Prenatal Care (Overview)

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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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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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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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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I am due soon. Drs wont see me im too far along, don't take my insurance or no appts soon. What do I do. Im being denied prenatal care. Found out late.

I am due soon. Drs wont see me im too far along, don't take my insurance or no appts soon. What do I do. Im being denied prenatal care. Found out late.

Still ok, because: In the old days, no one got prenatal care, women still had child-births. You already had 6 births, so you should be able to draw from prior experiences. The difference is higher risk, that is why prenatal care is highly recommended. Ask your doctor what he/she recommends in your situation. Even if no ob/gyn doctor will take you now, you can ask your primary care or family medicine doctor. ...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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Is it possible to know the date a woman conceived, when they go in for the start of prenatal care?

Is it possible to know the date a woman conceived, when they go in for the start of prenatal care?

We can estimate: Conception is normally about two weeks after the start of a period. If an ultrasound is performed early in pregnancy the date of conception may be estimated as two weeks. For example if the ultrasound says that the pregnancy is 8 weeks along, conception could be estimated 6 weeks earlier. ...Read more

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Why do I need prenatal care if I want a home birth?

Why do I need prenatal care if I want a home birth?

Prenatal care: 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. ...Read more

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