The Many Benefits of Comprehensive Prenatal Care

If you’re pregnant or planning to have a baby in the near future, you’ve probably thought a lot about how different your life will be after your little one arrives, and what you’ll do to care for your baby in the months after you deliver. 

However, caring for your baby actually begins before their birth, and it includes paying attention to your health and wellbeing throughout your pregnancy. Comprehensive prenatal care plays an integral role in keeping you and your baby as healthy as possible. 

At Signature Women’s Healthcare in Lawrenceville and Lithonia, Georgia, our prenatal experts work hard to ensure you and your little one stay as healthy as possible as your pregnancy progresses by offering comprehensive prenatal care.     

What is comprehensive prenatal care?

Comprehensive prenatal care includes regular check-ups with your board-certified OB/GYN at Signature Women’s Healthcare. These visits help your doctor monitor your health and the health and progress of your unborn baby. 

During your visits, your doctor conducts exams, screenings, and lab tests to promote early detection of pregnancy-related complications, make sure you’re getting the right nutrients for you and your baby, and monitor your baby for birth defects.

Other prenatal care services include:

Your provider also goes over your labor-and-delivery plan, and she answers any questions or concerns you have that come up along the way. 

What are the benefits of comprehensive prenatal care?

The benefits of comprehensive prenatal care involve making sure you and your baby stay as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Some of the many benefits include:

According to womenshealth.gov, prenatal care is so important that babies of mothers who don’t receive comprehensive prenatal care are three times more likely to be born with low birth weight and five times more likely to die before or during their birth. 

How do I start comprehensive prenatal care?

If you’re not pregnant yet but planning to become so, our team recommends booking a preconception appointment so your provider can check for any underlying conditions that may affect your pregnancy or ability to conceive.

If you know you’re pregnant, schedule a prenatal visit at Signature Women’s Healthcare as soon as possible to confirm your pregnancy and begin ongoing comprehensive care. Most prenatal care appointments happen according to the following timeline:

Women with high-risk pregnancies or underlying medical conditions may be asked to schedule additional appointments or see their provider more frequently. 

Do everything you can to keep yourself and your baby healthy by taking advantage of the many benefits of comprehensive prenatal care. Call the Signature Women’s Healthcare office nearest you or book an appointment online today!

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