Prenatal Consultation

A prenatal consultation serves as an opportunity to meet with the doctor to discuss the details of pregnancy. Regular doctor's visits are recommended and will allow for professional monitoring of the mother and baby's health. These visits also provide time to develop a trusting relationship and discuss any potential complications that may affect the patient and her baby.

The Initial Prenatal Consultation

During the first appointment, the patient will be able to ask questions about the pregnancy and the options available. A physical examination and review of the patient's medical history will be done. The following prenatal care tests may be conducted:

  • Urinalysis
  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Fetal heart tones
  • Height of the fundus
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood tests

Recommendations During the Prenatal Consultation

The physician will most likely want to discuss various lifestyle changes that need to be made to ensure the mother's health and the health of the baby. Some of these recommendations may include:

  • Avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Establishing an exercise regimen
  • Being vaccinated
  • Creating a healthy diet
  • Becoming aware of the need for health care during pregnancy
  • Restricting travel
  • Taking prenatal vitamins or supplements

A prenatal consultation is usually recommended for expectant mothers 8 weeks after the last menstrual period. Prenatal consultations are important regardless of the number of pregnancies the mother has had. Prenatal care is crucial to the mother and the baby's healthy development.

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