The aim of Antenatal care is to safeguard the health and well-being of the mother and baby during pregnancy.
This is a good time to talk with your doctor about other factors that can pose a risk to the baby, such as alcohol, smoking, prescription medicines and recreational drugs. If you are being treated for a medical problem (such as epilepsy, diabetes, acne, asthma, high blood pressure, a heart problem, anxiety, depression or other psychiatric problem) talk to your doctor about the effect that medications and treatment may have on your pregnancy.
Your first examination should ideally take place during the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy or when your menstrual period is two to four weeks late. Your doctor will take a full medical and pregnancy history, conduct a thorough physical examination, estimate the date the baby is due, and discuss with you any likely problems.
Some tests are required to detect problems in pregnancy. Most tests are routine. Other tests may be needed depending on your medical history and family background.
The following tests are routine. Almost all pregnant women receiving antenatal care will have them.
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