Richmond, Va. (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
Learning about pregnancy and getting proper prenatal care are the first steps in reducing risks for mothers and developing babies, according to Experient Health, which works to educate its members in health and wellness as well as health insurance benefits amid health care reform.
Among the most important components of prenatal care are regular visits with a doctor.
"Regular checkups make sure you and your baby are progressing normally, and ensure that you both stay healthy throughout your pregnancy," Experient Health reported on its web site.
The goal of prenatal checkups is to identify and treat potential problems early, such as anemia, preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. If these or other conditions are not treated, they can threaten the health of mother and child.
Generally, prenatal checkups will follow a consistent schedule.
Initial physical exams are scheduled within one or two weeks after discovering pregnancy. This appointment confirms pregnancy, determines general state of health and screens for any potential problems that may need attention.
Regular checkups are normal to have monthly during the first seven months of pregnancy. Use these checkups to ask a doctor questions about pregnancy and progress, and any other concerns, symptoms or problems.
In the eighth month of pregnancy, women should have a prenatal checkup every two weeks, and every week in the ninth month. These more frequent, late-pregnancy exams are similar to regular monthly checkups, but they will also check the cervix for softening and thinning. This helps track labor and delivery progress.
Other prenatal tips physicians share with patients include to eat a well-balanced diet to ensure that baby gets all the nutrients needed to develop properly.
"An expectant mother must eat a variety of good foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and protein," according to a recent Blog post published by Experient Health.
Take prenatal vitamin supplements to ensure both mother and child receive the recommended daily allowance of essential vitamins and minerals. Consuming enough folic acid is particularly important, as it has been shown to be effective in preventing neural tube defects.
Try eating smaller meals on a more frequent basis. A growing baby, and expanding uterus can crowd an expectant mother's stomach and intestines, making it difficult to eat larger meals.
Drink plenty of fluids. Pregnant women need to consume more fluids to support their increased blood volume and to maintain the protective amniotic fluid that surrounds the growing baby. It is also wise to avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea or cola.
Questions about your health insurance coverage through pregnancy and welcoming a new baby to your family? Contact an Experient Health benefits consultant.
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