The exceptional health care that you receive at Motherhood throughout the course of your pregnancy by our team of qualified doctors & nurses to take care of you and your baby.
Wondering Why You Need Prenatal Care?
The answer is simple, to keep you & your baby healthy.
You have a life growing inside you and along with that precious little life your body is going through a lot of change & you need to ensure you stay healthy to cope up with the changes.
During Prenatal care the doctor will make sure you and your baby are healthy and strong. These regular checkups are your chance to learn how to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, have any testing you may need, learn warning signs, and ask any questions you may have. Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.
In case of planned pregnancies,the best advice would be to start taking care of yourselves before you start getting pregnant. This is called Pre-conception counselling. It means knowing how health conditions and risk factors could affect you or your unborn baby if you become pregnant. For example, some foods, habits, and medicines can harm your baby — even before he or she is conceived.
Talk to your doctor before pregnancy to learn what you can do to prepare your body.
- You will be asked questions about
- Your medical history
- Your partner’s medical history
- Your family’s medical history
- You will have a complete physical exam. We will measure your height, weight, blood pressure, breathing, and pulse.
- Blood, Urine & Skin tests will be conducted to check for any kind of potential health hazards.
- A gynecological exam that will include
- A breast exam
- A Pap test
- Tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea
- Every four or six weeks, from the first to seventh month of pregnancy (the first 28 weeks)
- Every two or three weeks in the eighth month (from week 28 to 36)
- Every week in the ninth month (from week 36 until delivery)
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, we may ask you to come in for prenatal care more often
What to Expect?
- Urine test
- Blood pressure check
- Weight check
- Check for swelling in the face, hands, or feet
- Examine your abdomen to check the position of the fetus
- Measure the growth of your uterus
- Listen for the sounds of the fetal heartbeat
- Offer prenatal testing
Each visit is also an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns that have come up since your last visit.
Some common prenatal tests for birth defects and other abnormalities include
Ultrasound – Also called sonogram, it helps us take pictures of your baby as it develops. Depending on which trimester it is done it also
- Confirm your due date
- Find certain abnormalities
- Find multiple pregnancies
- Measure the length of your cervix
- Show the position and size of the fetus
- Show the position of the placenta
Ultrasound is a very safe procedure — no x-rays are involved.Between 11 and 13 weeks of pregnancy, we combine a blood test with a special kind of ultrasound referred as the combined test. It is used to screen for Down syndrome and other genetic birth defects.
How Ultrasound Is Done?
There are two ways to do an ultrasound — through the abdomen or through the vagina. Ultrasounds are performed by a trained ultrasound technician.
Abdominal ultrasound – The technician will place the ultrasound wand on your abdomen, using a small amount of gel to help lubricate the area. You may feel pressure during the exam, but it is not painful.
Vaginal ultrasound – The technician will insert the ultrasound wand into the vagina. This may feel similar to a vaginal exam. You may feel pressure during the exam, but it is not painful.
Multiple marker screening – Sometimes called the triple or quadruple screen. It is usually performed between weeks 15 and 20.It also might be done in combination with blood tests and an ultrasound in the first trimester.
The technician will draw some of your blood to measure the levels of
- HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is made by the placenta
- Estriol, which is made by the placenta and the fetus
- Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), which is made by the fetus
The levels of these substances can help doctors identify if your baby is at risk for certain birth defects, including neural tube defects (like spina bifida) and some chromosomal abnormalities (like Down syndrome).
In determining the results of the test, doctors take into account factors such as:
- The mother’s age, weight, and ethnicity
- Whether she has diabetes
- If she is having twins or other multiples
- The gestational age of the fetus
At Motherhood we will offer you other tests if the multiple marker screening reveals an increased risk of birth defects.
CVS — Chorionic villus sampling – It is a kind of prenatal testing that examines the tissue attaching the fetus to the wall of the uterus. CVS is usually performed between 10 and 12 weeks of pregnancy.
You may consider CVS if
- You are over age 35
- You or your partner has a family history that reveals a risk of certain birth defects
- You have had a child with a major birth defect
How CVS Is Done
CVS can be done in two ways :
- A thin tube can be inserted through the cervix
- A thin needle is inserted through the stomach. Ultrasound is used to guide the needle in both methods.
CVS is generally painless. However, you may feel cramping or have bleeding or spotting after CVS. Symptoms usually stop within a few days. Be sure to let us know if you have any discomfort or bleeding.
CVS is generally safe. After CVS, there is a slight chance of infection, injury to the fetus, or having early labor.
Amniocentesis – This test examines amniotic fluid — the fluid that surrounds and protects the fetus. Amniocentesis finds certain birth defects. It is usually done between 15 and 18 weeks of pregnancy
Amniocentesis is considered when
- You are over age 35
- Your multiple marker screening shows a need for more testing
- You or your partner have a family history that reveals a risk of certain birth defects or other disorders
- You have had a child with a major birth defect
How Amniocentesis Is Done
The technician inserts a long, thin needle into the abdomen to take out a small amount of fluid. The technician provider will use the pictures from the ultrasound to guide the needle.
Amniocentesis is generally painless — many women report having no pain at all, but some women report mild discomfort.
Amniocentesis is also generally safe. However, as with CVS, there is a slight chance of infection, injury to the fetus, or early labor.
Biophysical profile (BPP) – It is most commonly given during the third trimester.If there is a chance that your baby may have problems during your pregnancy (high-risk pregnancy), a BPP may be done by 32 to 34 weeks or earlier. Some women with high-risk pregnancies may have a BPP test every week or twice a week in the third trimester.
A BPP test may include a nonstress test with electronic fetal heart monitoring and a fetal ultrasound. The BPP measures:
- Baby’s heart rate
- Muscle tone
- The amount of amniotic fluid around your baby.
There are many changes that occur during pregnancy. Your body will go through a lot of hormonal changes. Your uterus will grow up to 18 times larger than it normally is. Your breasts and nipples will become larger. And you will gain weight.
You may have increased and decreased sexual desire. You may have changes in the texture of your hair and in the amount of body hair you have. And you may experience other discomforts and changes that are new to you. You can always discuss these changes at your prenatal care visits.
Common discomforts during pregnancy include
- Nausea or vomiting
- Aches and pains in the abdomen and lower back
Tips for avoiding nausea and vomiting
- Eat a small portion of something before getting out of bed.
- Drink small cups of ginger or peppermint tea.
- Have several small meals throughout the day instead of fewer large ones.
- Drink fluids between meals rather than with your meals.
- Avoid strong spices and odors and greasy foods.
Tips for avoiding heartburn
- Have several small meals throughout the day instead of fewer large ones.
- Chew your food slowly.
- Don’t lie down for at least an hour after eating.
- Wear clothes that are loose around your waist.
- Raise your head with several pillows while sleeping.
Tips for avoiding constipation
- Increase the amount of liquids and fiber in your diet.
- Eat more dried or raw fruits and vegetables.
- Use whole-grain bread and cereals.
- Get exercise.
Lamaze – Simplifying your journey from pregnancy to childbirth
While being in a room full of pregnant women discussing their hormonal changes may seem to be scary for a few husbands, Lamaze instructors make it comfortable for you by giving the serious issues some interesting twists.
Lamaze techniques involve not just written and oral instructions on birthing but also include
- Practical exercises
- Variety of activities
- Visual Aid
To take you through the nine beautiful months of pregnancy and the process of birthing with ease.
Note To Fathers – To – Be
Hello Fathers – To – Be, this course will make your transition in the new role simpler. We expect you to be involved actively in the birthing process too. Just holding your partner’s hand during labour is not support. You need to actively participate in the process by giving soothing massages to your partner and help her move positions to ease labour pain.
The technique emphasizes on the benefits of natural birth and thus, trains you for giving birth with confidence without medical interventions.
One in four deliveries is to a woman educated in the Lamaze method
Lamaze is popularly known for its rhythmic breathing techniques, which emphasize active concentration and promote relaxation. The rhythmic breathing patterns help women turn their attention away from their contractions.
What should I expect in a Lamaze course?
Expecting Parents are advised to begin a class near the start of their seventh month of pregnancy. Here’s what the class covers:
- Normal labor and birth (using videos of real births) and the early postpartum period
- How to be active and informed participants during the birth
- Focused breathing techniques for labor
- Other relaxation techniques and natural strategies to help you work with labor pain, such as massage, walking, position changes, and hydrotherapy
- Tips to help your partner encourage and support you during labor
- The value of one-on-one professional support during labor
- How to communicate with your healthcare team so your needs are met
- Complications that could arise during labor and birth, and interventions that might be medically necessary
- Epidurals and other options for managing pain with medication
- Early interaction with your baby
Benefits Of The Lamaze Method
- Management of pain without drug intervention gives the Lamaze method widespread appeal among parents who seek a natural childbirth experience.
- Lamaze helps build your confidence in your body’s ability to give birth.
- You can discuss your fears about labor and birth with the instructor and other couples with the same concerns.
- Your partner will learn about childbirth and how to support you on the big day. You may find that attending lamaze classes together will create a special bond.
- Lamaze supports evidence-based pregnancy, birth and parenting practices that are supported by research and experienced childbirth educators.
- Lamaze guides you as you navigate all of your options, and their benefits and drawbacks.
- Lamaze seeks to empower you as you explore how your body was designed for birth, and encourages you to work with your body’s natural abilities.
- Lamaze provides strategies for comfort and coping with pain during labor, reducing unnecessary medical interventions, and receiving continuous support during labor and birth.
- Lamaze encourages bonding between you and your baby, with the importance of skin-to-skin contact and time to get to know your new baby after birth.
- Your instructor will discuss pain relief options, including massage, relaxation, breathing techniques, and medications.
Core Beliefs Of Lamaze – Six Healthy Birth Practices
These six practices are as follows:
- Healthy Birth Practice 1: Let labor begin on its own
- Healthy Birth Practice 2: Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
- Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
- Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
- Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push
- Healthy Birth Practice 6: Keep mother and baby together – It’s best for mother, baby and breastfeeding
Myths About Lamaze
Myth #1: Lamaze is all about breathing.
Reality: Breathing techniques are just one of many things that help women in labor.The goal of Lamaze classes is to increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth. Women learn simple coping strategies for labor, including movement and positioning, labor support, massage, relaxation, warm baths/showers, and the use of heat and cold are some others.
Myth #2: Lamaze promises painless childbirth.
Reality: Many women are afraid of the pain that is a normal part of childbirth. The pain of labor and birth, like other pain, protects us. Responding to the pain of contractions – by changing positions and moving, by massaging, by moaning – actually strengthens the contractions, helps the baby settle into the pelvis and move through the birth canal, and reduces pain perception.Lamaze classes help women understand the value of pain and learn how to respond to pain in ways that both facilitate labor and increase comfort.
Myth #3: Lamaze childbirth means you can’t have an epidural.
Reality: Lamaze classes provide information about natural pain relief options as well as epidural analgesia. Eliminating pain completely makes it difficult to respond to contractions in ways that facilitate labor and birth. The ability to use many of the comfort techniques learned in Lamaze classes, such as changing positions, walking, and warm baths/showers may be limited. Lamaze education will assist women in making personal decisions that are right for them.
Myth #4: Lamaze doesn’t work.
Reality:. Lamaze is working if women trust the natural process of birth, have confidence in their ability to give birth, have the freedom to work with their bodies as labor progresses, and are supported by health care providers, family and friends who wait patiently for nature to do its incredible work. Lamaze “works” if birth is allowed to work.
Myth #5: Lamaze is not for everyone.
Reality: Today, Lamaze childbirth classes provide the knowledge, skills, and support that help women give birth with confidence and joy as they have done for centuries. Lamaze preparation is for everyone!