Antenatal care is a type of preventive health care, During the 9 Months Of Pregnancy. Its goal is to provide regular check-ups that allow doctors to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy and to promote healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child. During check-ups, pregnant women receive medical information over maternal physiological changes in pregnancy, biological changes, and prenatal nutrition. Recommendations on management and healthy lifestyle changes are also made during regular check-ups. Routine Antenatal care, including prenatal screening and diagnosis, has played a part in reducing the frequency of maternal complications, miscarriages, birth defects, low birth weight, neonatal infections, and other preventable maternal health problems.
Traditional Antenatal care in Pregnancy:
Monthly visits during the first two trimesters (from the 1st week to the 28th week)
Fortnightly visits from the 28th week to the 36th week of pregnancy
weekly visits after 36th week to the delivery
Assessment of parental needs and family dynamics