Prenatal Health

By: Rae'Jean Roberts

What is prenatal health?

a type of preventive healthcare with the goal of providing regular check-ups that allow doctors or midwives to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy while promoting healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child

Why is it important to the mother and the unborn child?

  • Maternal difficulties such as diabetes, insufficient weight gain, and high blood pressure, if gone untreated, can be harmful to the fetus.
  • A doctor can also monitor the baby's well being directly by listening to the fetal heartbeat, checking the size and positioning of the uterus and fetus, and testing for various abnormalities.
  • Some conditions, if detected prenatally, can be treated in-utero. In other instances, early detection can allow the proper medical facilities to be present at the time of birth to allow the baby full access to the help it needs.
  • It is very important to receive proper prenatal care in order to ensure the health of both you and your baby.

What consists of a healthy, prenatal diet (specific foods and vitamins)?

  • a diet that consists of a variety foods including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats
  • should only take vitamin supplements on a health care provider’s recommendation
  • Supplements do not replace a healthy diet but rather ensure that a woman is receiving enough daily nutrients