Antenatal care

Antenatal care, also known as Prenatal care, is a type of preventive healthcare. Its goal is to provide regular check-ups that allow doctors or midwives to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy and to promote healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child.

For a healthy pregnancy, your doctor will probably want to see you on the following recommended schedule of prenatal visits:

  • Weeks 4 to 28: 1 prenatal visit a month.
  • Weeks 28 to 36: 1 prenatal visit every 2 weeks.
  • Weeks 36 to 40: 1 prenatal visit every week.

Antenatal classes are conducted in groups. Different topics are discussed according to the Trimester.

1st Trimester session :

A) Nutrition and Diet in pregnancy

  • Foods and Beverages to Avoid During Pregnancy
  • High-Mercury Fish. Mercury is a highly toxic element. ...
  • Undercooked or Raw Fish. Raw fish, especially shellfish, can cause several infections. ...
  • Undercooked, Raw and Processed Meat. ...
  • Raw Eggs. ...
  • Organ Meat. ...
  • Caffeine. ...
  • Unpasteurized Milk, Cheese and Fruit Juice. ...
  • Alcohol.

B) Activities and Exercise

During the first trimester, aim to establish good exercise habits gradually. ... It is best to favor low-impact exercises, especially walking, yoga, swimming.

Overall and in most cases, exercise is safe during pregnancy. ... Exercise does not put you at risk for miscarriage in a normal pregnancy. You should consult with your health care provider before starting any new exercise routine

2nd Trimester session:

A) Vaccination in Pregnancy

The national immunization schedule in India recommends the 2 doses of tetanus toxoid (TT) for unknown immunization status of pregnant women i.e the first dose of tetanus toxoid should be administered as soon as pregnancy is detected.

The flu vaccination for all pregnant women, from 26 weeks of pregnancy onwards. CDC recommends all women receive a Tdap vaccine during the 27th through 36th week of each pregnancy, preferably during the earlier part of this time period.

2) Yoga , meditation and Pranayam

Common causes of second trimester pains include round ligament pain and back pain. The round ligaments support the uterus and hold it in place. During pregnancy, the expanding uterus causes these ligaments to stretch. Round ligament pain often starts as the belly grows in the second trimester.

Yoga Poses You Can Try During Second Trimester of Pregnancy

  • The Side Leg Raise. Also known as “vishnuasana”, this exercise is bound to be fun and relaxing at the same time. ...
  • The Warrior Pose. ...
  • The Triangular Pose. ...
  • The Side Angle Poses. ...
  • The Standing Upward Stretch. ...
  • The Palm Tree Pose. ...
  • The Downward Dog Pose. ...
  • Neck Rolls.

( If you are a beginner, please do these strictly under guidance of a professional)

Meditation can help you cope with a variety of physical and emotional stresses during pregnancy, enabling you to relax and focus your concentration, reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and enhance your peace of mind. It can also be useful in treating mild to moderate anxiety or depression during pregnancy.

Two kinds of Pranayam are especially beneficial during pregnancy: Ujjayi, a long, strong, deep breath that helps you to focus on the present moment and maintain calm, and Nadi Shodhana, (Alternate Nostril Breathing), which according to yogic teachings helps to balance the body's energy flows

3rd Trimester session :

Usually we insist both the partners attending this particular session together. Session includes :

A) Exercises

The third trimester is the last three months of your pregnancy, from the 28th week to the 40th week. Exercising during pregnancy, especially during the final trimester, does not just help you feel better, but it can also be beneficial in a lot of other ways.

Three pregnancy exercises that are ideal for the third trimester of pregnancy are:

  • Walking and jogging
  • Kegels
  • Squats

However, it is recommended that you speak to your OB/GYN before you start any of the exercises discussed above.

B) Partner giving care during labour

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