Pregnancy is powerful and conjures up an overwhelming feeling of love for the new life growing inside of you. You are now no longer just responsible for your own self but for the baby whose very existence depends on you and the choices you make. This is why antenatal care is so important.
Antenatal care, also known as prenatal care or prenatal checkup, involves comprehensive monitoring and checkup of mother and baby during pregnancy. In Singapore, it starts with the first pregnancy checkup and continues until delivery and ensures the health and well-being of mother and baby throughout pregnancy.
Most women only realise they are pregnant when they start to notice subtle signs such as a missed period or nausea, and this usually means that they are already in weeks 5-8 of the pregnancy, which is when antenatal care usually begins.
Pre-pregnancy screenings are advised before you plan on getting pregnant, this ensures that you are in the best possible health for a healthy pregnancy.
Most women will have 8-10 antenatal check-ups before delivery; however, this may increase if you or your baby require closer monitoring. Your urine, weight, blood pressure, and your baby’s growth will be checked at each visit to help ensure that everything is on track and healthy.
At Dr Claudia Chi Women’s Clinic , your antenatal checkup schedule may look like this:
This may increase depending on the health of you and your baby.
Throughout your antenatal care and in addition to the standard ultrasounds, you will be advised to undergo a number of antenatal tests and screening which help provide information about you and your baby.
These tests by trimesters are:
First trimester (weeks 5-12 of pregnancy)
Second trimester (weeks 13-25 of pregnancy)
Not all of these tests are necessary, they are usually conducted based on your medical needs as advised by your obstetrician .
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