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Why is Prenatal Care Important?


Prenatal care is essential to the health of you and your unborn baby. By seeing your doctor regularly throughout your pregnancy, you can feel assured that you’re giving your baby the best possible start to life. Prenatal care allows your doctor to monitor your health, your baby’s health, and catch and correct any possible problems along the way. If you’re considering seeking prenatal care in Madison, Wisconsin, here are a few of the important benefits you can expect from this essential health service.


Reduces Mothers’ Risk of Pregnancy Complications


Seeking prenatal care as soon as you learn of your pregnancy is essential for your health. At these early appointments, your doctor will confirm your pregnancy and calculate your due date based on your menstrual cycle or an ultrasound.


Your doctor will also take your vital signs and look for undiagnosed medical problems such as diabetes or thyroid disease that can affect your baby’s health as well as yours. Reviewing your history and your family’s history will help your doctor assess if you or your baby are at increased risk of problems or complications such as preterm birth. Your doctor will also look for pregnancy issues such as bleeding and help you with common symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and vomiting and or treat hyperemesis gravidarum if that develops.


At these early appointments your doctor will also ask about any pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, mental health problems, lupus, high blood pressure, lung disease, and heart disease. These conditions can create potentially life threatening complications for you and your baby. If you have had any of these conditions, your doctor will monitor your health even more closely and will be able to intervene if a problem arises.


Reduces Babies’ Risk of Complications


Prenatal care is also vital to the little one growing inside you! At these appointments, your doctor will monitor your baby’s heartbeat, measure your baby’s growth, and confirm via ultrasound that your baby’s organs are growing and functioning properly.


Your doctor will examine the baby’s placenta for issues such as placenta previa and check for malformations like spina bifida or atrial septal defect. Babies with serious conditions such as these but can even be helped before they’re born through measures like in utero surgery. Prenatal care affords doctors the opportunity to step in to correct a problem before the condition becomes severe or untreatable.  


The National Institutes for Health report that “babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.” 


Guidance on Supplements, Medications, and Lifestyle


Prenatal care is also essential for educating mothers on healthy lifestyles. If you have been prescribed a medication before becoming pregnant, your doctor will be able to tell you if it’s safe to continue to take while pregnant. If it’s not, he or she will help you find a way to manage your condition that won’t adversely affect your baby.


You’ll also receive guidance on the proper prenatal supplements to take, such as folic acid and a prenatal vitamin. Your doctor can review your personal habits and discuss any changes that need to be made, such as quitting smoking, drinking, or street drugs.


Prenatal Care in Madison, Wisconsin


Here at Our Lady of Hope Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin, we are very proud to offer comprehensive prenatal care for you and your baby all the way through labor and delivery. If you are interested in becoming a member patient to receive personalized ob care, please contact us today at: 


Our Lady of Hope Clinic

6425 Odana Road, Suite 13

Madison, WI 53719

608-819-8544

clinicmanager@ourladyofhopeclinic.org


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” -Jeremiah 1:5




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