When you are pregnant, it is important for you to have regular check-ups with your Obstetrics and Gynecology. These check-ups are called antenatal care or antenatal visits. Antenatal means before birth.
Your Obstetrics and Gynecology will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy (including healthy eating and exercise advice) and answer any questions you may have.Care should be centred on the pregnant woman; the aim should be to keep her fully informed on the progress of her pregnancy and to provide her with evidence-based information and support to make informed decisions.
You will also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding workshops. You need to book antenatal classes in advance, so ask your midwife about when you should book classes in your area.
Benefits of antenatal care
- Antenatal care can prevent complications such as hypertension and diabetes. Early diagnosis means they can be properly monitored and treated,”
- Antenatal care provides caregivers with an opportunity to explain the importance of proper nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding to expectant moms.
- Antenatal classes will help expecting parents to gain insight and get fact-based information on pregnancy, birthing options, breastfeeding and caring for a newborn baby so that they can make informed choices.
Antenatal care is an essential part of pregnancy and should start as soon as you find out you’re expecting. Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth.